Keep On Keeping On

Adrian S. Potter
2 min readMar 6, 2019

George Addair Pushes Past Fear (The Secondhand Inspiration Project)

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The Secondhand Inspiration Project begins with a motivational quote and ventures wherever the creative path meanders.

“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” -George Addair

Take a moment to inventory your role models. Think about your favorite athlete, an inspiring teacher, a dynamic leader who sparked change in your community, a mentor during your career, or even your parents. What do these people from such diverse backgrounds have in common?

They were not overnight successes.

People often focus on the veneer of achievement. But if you examine the history of any winner, you’ll discover years of struggle and a litany of setbacks. So how did your role models survive, let alone thrive, in the face of failure?

It likely comes down to two factors: determination and imagination. If you can muster up the grit to keep going and the ingenuity to forge a new path, you’ll eventually find success. You don’t know when hard work will pay off — it might hit take months or years or even decades to hit paydirt. But you cobble together enough faith to know your hustle will pay off, someday.

The patience to push through short-term discomfort is what builds companies, teams, habits, and relationships that are capable of enduring long-term pain. If you believe in what you’re working toward, then stay stubborn and keep going. Don’t let anything stop you — not even fear.

The most potent formula for success is determination + imagination. If you develop this, if your friends discover this, if your coworkers have this, if your family cultivates this, then it’s not a matter of if you’ll succeed — it’s a matter of when.

Adrian S. Potter is an author, engineer, consultant, and public speaker. He writes poetry, short fiction, and articles on a variety of subjects including creativity and personal growth. He is the author of the poetry collection Everything Wrong Feels Right and the prose chapbook The Alter Ego Handbook. Visit him online at



Adrian S. Potter

Antisocial Extrovert · Writer and Poet, Engineer, Consultant, Public Speaker · Writing about self-improvement, gratitude, and creativity ·