Iron Wil on John Dillinger and Perseverance

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How I got turned onto Great Quotes

It was 1988 and I was struggling with the turmoil in my family and life. My mom, when she noticed that something was wrong, would pull us aside and make us talk to her. You may laugh, you don’t know my mom. That morning she chased me around the house locking doors to corner me in the laundry room adjacent to the kitchen in our home on Ft. Meade. I remember trying to wrestle with her so that I could get past her and go to school. I loved going to school because I love learning! I think that was the I could read whatever scientific magazine Ms. Ware had in the classroom. I was just starting the battle with depression that would be part of early teen years. It was mom cornering me and getting me to look in on myself that was the beginning of my long-term growth.

I couldn’t tell you everything that was said. What I remember is this: Your father and I aren’t perfect and we have our flaws; but that doesn’t mean that you have to learn those and be the same kind of person that we are. You should look for others with the character, talent, and skills that you want and then learn from them. Model their behavior and adopt those items you want and then move on to the next person and character you want to develop.

It still took me several years to actually understand and put into practice what she was trying to tell me. Once I figured that out, it changed my life. I started collecting quotes that embodied the characteristic, skill, or ability that I wanted.

Years later, I would receive the harshest criticism and highest praise from her and it was all in one sentence. She said, “Not even Superman can keep your standards!” Initially, I was proud and arrogant about it. Then I realized that, within a few moments, that it was meant as a criticism over my choices and standards. She said it in complete frustration over something I was not willing to budge on. I can’t say anymore, how I felt about that, today I keep it as a reminder that I am different from others and I have to be more understanding. I don’t have to lower my own standards or expectations; I need to remember that I am harder on myself and expect more of myself than anyone else in my circles. My wife has helped me to realize that I needed to work on some additional areas of my life. She also has to continually remind me that I am not like others and should not expect them to be or think like me.

The starting point for my personal development came in that little laundry room trapped between a locked door and a mother that loves me enough to fight with me to get what she wanted. Mom’s love gave me the guidance to launched my life with confidence and abilities that I would never have gained if not for her advice.

I started with a quote by John Dillinger, “Never let them make you crawl.” I would add up about 100 quotes that would shape and mold my heart, mind, and will! I posted these quotes on my wall through my teen years and then by the time I was in college they took up a significant portion of my bedroom wall. I wrote them all out by hand on 3×5 cards. I got to the point that I could just touch a card and know what was on it. On certain days, some of them would stand out and I would read them and think about those throughout the day. I didn’t become a new person overnight; I spent years memorizing quotes and thinking about them so I could internalize them. I know that this process is slower for some and faster for others. It depends on your own dedication and focus. Taking the time to reflect or meditate allow us to apply these quotes to ourselves and make the character improvements needed to grow and become the best version or ourselves. We are rewriting our own software when we internalize inspiring and uplifting material; yeah, I don’t just mean these quotes!

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John Dillinger, Never Crawl

Never let them make you crawl.” – John Dillinger

When I was in my early teens, life was not what I thought it should be.  I expect that for many teens this is probably the case; of course I am now 36 years old and have grown up a little.  We were living in Maryland on Fort Meade, yes my dad was Army and he was somewhere near 10 years of service.  He had just won a court case that allowed him to stay in the Army even though he had Adult on-set Diabetes or Type II Diabetes.  I attended all of 7th Grade at MacArthur Middle School and most of 8th Grade.  The school was close enough to walk to and that was kinda nice.

When my family first moved to Maryland we lived with friends that my dad had made while working and waiting for the final outcome of his hearings or trial ( I am not sure really what it was).  This good family let us move into their home and we lived there for most of the summer … I think.  It may have been much less … the amount of time really doesn’t matter much.  At this time our family was going through a major test and the outcome was uncertain.

My mother, Mary, and Paul, the friend we had lived with, noticed that I was walking around with my chin down, literally on my chest.  Mary approached me with love and concern while Paul decided that I needed to pick my head up and face my challenges and fears.  I don’t know if Paul ever knew how much his belief that a person should hold their head high … and his method of motivation really forced me to physically change my behavior.  It also help me change my attitude; however, it was not an overnight change.

Sometime after this I found a quote from John Dillinger… it could have come out of the Real Crime books that I started ready at this time in my life.  I just don’t remember where I found it.  I know that these words coming from a man like him could mean anything.  I first took them to mean, fight anyone who would try to make me do something I didn’t want to do.  This ended up helping me gain greater belief in myself and caused me to start believing in myself and my abilities.  I know you are thinking what skills and abilities does a 12 year old have?  That is a good question, next time you are in the presence of one, why don’t you ask them.

Over the many years since then, I have seen the meaning of John’s quote changed to be less outward and more about changing myself to be the man I wanted to become.  I still have this quote framed and in my medicine cabinet so that I can see it every morning.

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