My name is Jeffrey Washington and I want to extend a warm welcome to you, my friends at my little home on the internet. It’s good to have you here. First I want to explain what, “NeverQuitEver” means to me.

One day when I was at home the term came to me. I had been thinking about this concept and it was solidified in the book by Dean Karnazes,  in his book, Ultra Marathon Man. The book chronicles his love of ultra running and how he got into it. During his first Western States 100 mile race, he was met by his father at one of the relief stations, late in the race. His father could see the sheer exhaustion in Deans’ face. Dean told his father that he didn’t think that he could make it because he couldn’t get his legs to work right after about 90 miles in the previous 18 hours. His father told him something I considered truly profound. It went something like this: “So,” he said resolutely, “if you can’t run, then walk. And if you can’t walk, then crawl. Do what you have to do. Just keep moving forward and never, ever give up.”

I was astounded that his father gave him this advice, with tears in his eyes, considering that Dean was laying in his arms after nearly collapsing from fatigue.  That statement gave him the needed push to finish the race .

That simple statement completely embodies the term “NeverQuitEver.” As hard as life can get, we must persevere and keep going. I look forward to bringing this concept full circle as we explore, learn, and teach each other to NeverQuitEver.

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