When it gets right down to it and the “rubber meets the road”, most of us humans are wired pretty similarly. We have ups and downs, triumphs and defeats, successes and failures, and either way, we keep on going. When we are down, sometimes we need a helping hand. Sometimes reaching out to that helping hand is difficult, as pride and shame can get in the way. When we are up, sometimes we need a pat on the back. Not for pride, but for acknowledgement of overcoming a struggle.
When Dave “The Quitter”, founder of I Finally Quit, Inc. talks about quitting smoking, he says he “felt a huge wave of success go through my body, as I knew…beyond a shadow of a doubt…I Finally Quit! Not only did I want others to feel that success, I also wanted to be recognized for it. I just conquered a 20+ year foe in tobacco and nicotine. I wanted to tell my story, but not to just anyone. I wanted to tell those who still struggled or thought they could not overcome.”