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"That's what's missing in our field of personal growth and achievement, we need to share this experience, not teach it."
- Steve Chandler
Hey it's me Pat, the man behind the mission here at keeepitup.com. And what exactly is that mission? I'll get to that in a sec, but first, I’d like to quickly share with you a particular time in my life that proved pretty darn special.
It took place behind a six-piece drum kit, and lasted for roughly four-and-a-half years. Now mind you this wasn’t my inaugural crack at the instrument. I got my first drum kit at the age of thirteen but promptly swapped it out for a dirt bike.
At twenty-one I bought my second kit, whereon I played in a passable garage band for a few fun-filled years. But once the dream of rock 'n' roll prominence went out the window I rarely gave playing a second thought, eventually calling it quits altogether.
Notice a pattern here?
Fast forward a couple of decades (yep, decades) I’m a somewhat successful nine-to-fiver in my mid-40s, married to an amazing lady and the proud father of a remarkable young man. All the same I can’t shake this lingering feeling that something’s missing, so I opt to give drumming another try. Before long I regain my rhythm and shortly thereafter make myself an unspoken promise: to play a little every day, and for the next four-and-a-half years that’s exactly what I do. I play, without fail, and without any sabotaging hopes, goals or expectations.
Little by little I get better and better. Slowly but surely I begin to recognize the persuasive powers of persistence, and in good time, and quite honestly perhaps for the very first time, I experience firsthand the indescribable sense of personal satisfaction that comes from simply working at something rather than toward something.
In short this becomes the inspiration for keeepitup.com, the shirts, the books, the blog, all my way
of encouraging you to keep doing what it is you enjoy doing whilst never ever losing sight of why you’re doing it in the first place.
Again it was Mr. Jim Rohn who declared, “We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of disappointment and regret,” and I can tell you straightaway that the latter can be downright insufferable at times.
Just sayin’. Just hopin' my blunders might act as a sort of signpost, one that helps others steer clear of any "unnecessary" hardship.
As for the mission, English writer Samuel Johnson once said, "People often need to be reminded more than they need to be instructed," and that's the mission here at keeepitup.com; to serve as an unbroken reminder of just what a little stick-to-itiveness can achieve, how undeniably satisfying it can feel, and, with a little luck, grant yours truly the joyous opportunity to lend a hand every now and again along the way.
That's the mission. That's the dream.
So again, thanks for your continued support.
Now let's do this shall we?
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