Driven From Within

There was one point in my life where I quit. I mean really quit. I said forget it, it doesn’t matter, and I gave up. I will always remember that day not because it was one of the longest nights of my life, but because that feeling I had in my stomach as I turned the light off near my bed. I stat there in the dark staring into the empty space…absolutely nothing running through my mind but the darkness of the room. I don’t remember how long I stared, but eventually I fell asleep.

The next day I woke up with a purpose inside of me and with something new, a passion for action to back it. I promised myself that I would never give up again. It was that day where I found Winston Churchill’s quote “Never, Never, Never, Give up.” For me, there is a major difference between putting something aside for a while and quitting. Quitting is your own way of telling yourself you aren’t worth it. You might not be good enough…yet. This is the key word…yet. That is the difference between those who are hungry and who are craving success and those who are going to quit. Drive.

There is a great quote by Will Smith where he says that everyone is built with a certain amount of talent, but where he succeeds in the hours of pounding away at his craft to develop his skills. Having skills is incredibly valuable and in my view, much more valuable than talent. Talent will fade with age, skills will only improve with time. I guess you could say this project is about honing my skills. I feel that my writing skills through this process have developed significantly.

Major side note. Hot Pilates is no joke. If you have time to take one of these classes, do it. It was one hell of a workout and made me feel fantastic. Today is day 5 of my juice fast and I am down to 190lbs…fully hydrated…from 200lbs. I can see it in my face, my stomach, and in my overall feeling in general. I promised myself I would make it at least one week on juice. I am so close to that one week. What has truly made the biggest difference is  mental game that I have been playing. It is all about keeping your mind on the prize and not letting it slip. No excuses right? This process has completely changed my outlook on food and I feel like I am alive.

Find a higher purpose in your life. Want to know mine? My purpose is to inspire people as much as I can every day to live a bold and powerful life. There it is. That is what gets me up in the morning and why I spend so much time here. I want to hear from you all the time. I want to hear from you your favorite quotes, the best pieces of advice you have ever been given, and your thoughts on life. So head on over to the different pages I have and throw down some great stuff.

The best thing about life is that you have the opportunity to make a difference in your life and in the lives of others. You can make such a big dent on the world but you have to play a big game. Fear will always be present, but if you life a bold life, so will courage.



Evan Sanders

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  • altruistico
    January 27, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Very well stated, Evan. Good luck on the follow through in all aspects of your life. You’re appreciated here.


  • Chrystal
    January 27, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Still looking for my purpose. I’m waiting for the universe to send me a sign. It will right? 😉

  • terri0729
    January 27, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Wonderful post!! and amen to it! blessings, Terri

  • Olive Twist
    January 27, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Thanks for this motivational piece. We’ve all had those dark nights you talked about…

  • Fatgirlinthefitnessworld
    January 27, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Simply stunning! Thanks for having the courage to write from your heart & share it with us!!! Keep it up!!!

  • subhanzein
    January 27, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    -What man is a man who does not make the world better? -Balian

    -“The adventure of life is to learn. The purpose of life is to grow. The nature of life is to change. The challenge of life is to overcome.
    The essence of life is to care. The opportunity of life is to befriend.
    The beauty of life is to give. The joy of life is to love.”
    William Arthur Ward

  • Cindy Zelman
    January 27, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    This is the first one of your posts I’ve read and I will be coming back for more. I admire your spirit and drive. I love what you say about skill versus talent. Talent, I think, is only realized through the hard work of developing skill. Keep writing and they shall come. 🙂

  • foodiemeetsfitness
    January 27, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Love love LOVE this post and the whole theme of your blog! Keep it up!

    My favorite quotes are always ones that focus on the power of attitude. I have a post-it note stuck on my bathroom wall that says “Attitude is a secret power, working 24/7, for good or for bad.” Simply stated but true, because an outlook on things can make all the difference in the world. When I get up in the morning, it reminds me to start each day with a positive attitude and to be motivated to keep striving for all my goals in life.

  • donikabajrami
    January 28, 2012 at 3:44 am

    Sometimes I feel that I can’t do it anymore. But I know that it is just a phase. After some good rest I am ready to go again.
    Very good post, thanks for sharing!

  • Bountiful Word
    January 28, 2012 at 6:31 am

    Inspiring, indeed.

  • roguetiger1
    January 28, 2012 at 7:18 am

    Great post. Thanks for the inspiration and keep writing. Looking forward to more.

    Chrystal, I encourage you to seek out your purpose rather than wait for it to come to you.

  • Kathleen Goldson Clarke
    January 28, 2012 at 9:14 am

    One of my Favourite quotes: “For things to change you have to change” -Jim Rohn.
    Its all about changing, growing and purpose. Enjoyed your post.

  • The Guat
    January 28, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Great post today. As a mom with only three hours sleep today I so wanted to quit, but by definition moms can’t quit they just have to find inspiration some where so thanks for the message. Keep them coming 😉

  • The Guat
    January 28, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Awesome post today! As a mom with only three hours of sleep I was so ready to give up but by definition moms can’t quit they just have to find inspiration some where so thanks. Keep them coming 😉

  • Ollin
    January 28, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Wow. You’re an amazing writer, you are. So I’m so glad you didn’t quit. I agree 100 % with everything you say. Thanks for the great post. Good luck to you!

  • Flone
    January 28, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Awesome Evan. Right where I am, minus the hot pilates..

  • tanya
    January 29, 2012 at 5:14 am

    Excellent & inspiring post. Hot Pilates sounds intense. I have to find me a class. Thanks.

  • thekreativecorner
    January 29, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Outstanding post! Loved the Winston Churchill quote, simple yet complex when we look at the issues in our daily lives – thanks for the reminder. Much success on the lifestyle changes.

  • GrowthLines...
    January 29, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Thanks for posting the Ali quote. If we’re in it for the accolades, we will miss the gifts we give ourselves when out of sight, in the practice room.

  • Rachel Jones
    January 30, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Such an inspiring post. Whenever I’m feeling low, I always remember something that a college tutor once said to me. He said “You really do define yourself”. And I remember that sentence and it gives me the confidence and encouragement to not be afraid of relying on nobody but myself, and looking to nobody but myself when making those all-important decisions.

  • LunaSunshine
    January 31, 2012 at 6:10 am

    Quitting is the most terrible feeling. But do you know what? The days that I have completely given up were the ones that inspired the best ones to come. It wasn’t so much that I was quitting my life. I was quitting my old life. I was giving up on old habits and old ways that were sending me in circles. I wanted to break free. And if a person wants something bad enough, it will be.

    I kind of have to disagree about the talent. Talent is a predisposition for the potential of accelerated learning in a specific area. So, where a person may have neglected talent, they may stand at a remedial level compared to everyone else who shaped their talent will additional skill and knowledge through education on how to wield it. But, that doesn’t make it not present within someone.

    Talent is something everyone has in one area or another. People only seem to attribute it to the arts and athletics, but it can be found in other areas too. If you read reports about children with autism, you’ll see that each one of those children has a special talent that exceeds all other skills. Some can wield numbers and dates unlike anyone else. Others are particularly skilled with communication (though rare. Autism Spectrum Disorders are usually characterized by three things, obsessive tendencies, pervasiveness, and a social / emotional dysfunction in relation to others). But, those qualities still exist.

    • thebettermanprojects
      January 31, 2012 at 10:49 am

      I appreciate your insights into my writing and the differences in opinion. Every single day you have a choice to create something new or to fall back into the trap of doing the same thing over and over again. I am talking about 100% giving up on living a meaningful life in general, not to much specific instances. Quitting to me is giving up your power of choice. When you chose to stop doing old habits, that is not quitting at all. In fact, that is deciding that the things you used to do were not right for you and you would like to move forward from them. To everyone, the word quitting means something else. We have to realize the power of language creates certain situations and feelings for us. As for talent, everyone is born with a certain amount of talent in one area or another…however, talent will only take you so far. If you are born with a certain talent, that talent will peak and you will have reached the height of its performance abilities. Where truly amazing people are created is in their work ethic and pounding away at their passion to create skills. Sure talent may come with skills, but it does not come with all skills. When you choose to obtain a certain skill that you do not possess, it is unceasing practice and dedication that will get you there, not talent.

      • LunaSunshine
        February 2, 2012 at 8:31 am

        For me, as a person with mental health concerns, when I say I was quitting, I meant I was quitting life. Some days, I had decided to completely give up on life. Not go to my job. Not take care of my kid. Not to move from that bed, ever again. Sometimes, it was decided to quit living at all. And like I said, it was quitting the old life. I realize that now. Each one of those near quits was birthing something new.

        You are absolutely right. Talent will only take you so far, and I think that’s what we’re both getting at. Language is a curious thing. I think it’s more in the lines of popularity in the context of culture. I don’t think that Bruce Willis is any worse for the wear. Neither Morgan Freeman. Many of the stars from my youth are aging and becoming less popular because of emerging stars. But, I don’t think that they are any less talented. Robert DeNiro, Samuel L. Jackson, all big stars at one time. And they are still among the most talented I’ve ever seen.

        Which brings me to the final, and probably most favored. Johnny Depp. Johnny Depp has been at it for over 20 years now. He has aged, but he is still the most talented actor I have ever seen. He can do any role, play anyone, anything. He is believable in all of his roles, unlike other actors who only have a certain repertoire. He is probably the only actor that puts out that many movies in a year. He’s still going, with no indication of stopping because he’s just that good.