Along with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, Ron Wayne cofounded Apple Computer Inc. on April Fools Day, 1976. Yes, there was a third founder of Apple. But few people know that because just twelve days after he signed the agreement he himself drafted that would have given him 10% ownership of the company, he sold back his shares.
Ron opted to get back his $800 before it was too late. And yet, if he had stuck it out, today he would be worth around $22 billion. Instead, he now sells stamps out of his home and plays penny slot machines after midnight. He is a poster child for what could have been.
Ron bailed because he wasn’t sure about the future; he was afraid of what might go wrong and decided that it wasn’t worth the risk. So he quit and missed out on billions.
Chances are, most of us will never experience missed opportunities to the level that Ron Wayne did. But we could miss out on something even more significant. We could let fear take control and walk away from:
- A marriage that is struggling.
- A teenager who desperately needs to be loved.
- A highly charged social issue that could change the landscape of our nation.
- A challenging ministry opportunity that could touch countless lives for eternity.
- A chance to share the hope and peace we have in Jesus with a lost soul.
More often than not, when we sell out before the big payoff it’s because we’re scared or don’t want to do the hard work. And we never know what could have been down the road if we had kept persevering.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Your story is not destined to be a cautionary tale of what could have been. God has a much larger payoff for you than the one you’ll receive if you give up now.
Stick it out.
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” ~ Hebrews 12:2-3