so that you will not quit

“You have to force yourself to stay with rowing,” Wood said. “If you put the first of your contact lenses in your eye, that is almost a sure guarantee that you won’t go back to sleep. If you can get up and past the bed, then you will reach the kitchen. If you can reach the kitchen you can reach the front door. If you reach the front door, you will reach the car, and if you reach the car, you can reach the boathouse. Each step leads to the next one. You keep pushing yourself so that you will not quit.”

Tiff Wood in David Halberstam’s The Amateurs, p. 22 (1996)

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