We usually give up when it gets too hard or takes too long. We fail a few too many times and respond by giving up. Unfortunately, if this is our response, we are ensured defeat, because failure is sure to happen. We are going to encounter obstacles but as we progress, we learn, practice, and build a commitment to our dreams. Obstacles won’t disappear, but we can prepare for them and learning from our failures is the best we can do to prepare to surmount the upcoming obstacles.
Now comes the real question. Why should you NOT give up?
Firstly, you could be an inspiration to others by refusing to give up. Who knows what someone else can achieve because you never gave up and in turn inspired them to not give up. In life, there will always be haters, and people who try to bring you down and tell you what you want to achieve is impossible but you have to believe in yourself. It’s not about others, it’s about YOU! Don’t let anyone destroy your dreams. “Get rich or die trying”. Face your fears. The chance of mastering something the first time you do it is almost imaginary. In reality, everything takes time to learn and you will make mistakes but learning from your mistakes is the art of success. One little setback should not be enough to stop you from achieving your goals. Neither should be 100 or 1000 setbacks. Go out there and prove yourself to the world and to yourself. You CAN achieve what you set out to do. If someone else can do it, so can you. Don’t sell yourself short. The only time you fail is when you give up. When you achieve whatever you intend to achieve, you can use your success to make a difference to the world or other peoples lives.
There are countless examples of such successful people from sportsmen to artists to politicians to designers that didn’t give up and their efforts turned them into who they are today. If they had given up, it’s entirely possible that the world might never have known the likes of several innovations. I’ll mention a few of them:
Albert Einstein: Einstein did not speak until he was 4 years old and did not read until he was 7. His parents thought he was “sub-normal,” and he was described as “mentally slow, unsociable, and adrift forever in foolish dreams.” He was also expelled from school and was refused admittance to the Zurich Polytechnic School.
Bill Gates: Gates founded the world’s largest software business, Microsoft, with Paul Allen. He was a college dropout but has been named the richest person in the world by Forbes magazine 27 times.
Charlie Chaplin: Chaplin was initially rejected by Hollywood studio chiefs because his pantomime was considered “nonsense.”
Dr. Suess: 27 publishers rejected Dr. Seuss’s first book, ‘To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.’
Elvis Presley: Presley was fired after one performance. He was told, “You ain’t goin’ nowhere, son. You ought to go back to drivin’ a truck.”
JK Rowling: Rowling was rejected by dozens, including HarperCollins, when a small publisher in London took a chance on Harry Potter.
Louisa May Alcott: Author of Little Women, was encouraged to find work as a servant by her family.
Mark Zuckerberg: Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook had an estimated net worth of $1.5 billion in 2008 and is the youngest person to appear on one of Forbes’ billionaire lists. He developed Facebook after borrowing money from Paypal’s co-founder. When Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook, he dropped out of Harvard.
Robbin Williams: In high school, actor and comic Williams was voted “Least Likely to Succeed.”
Steve Jobs: Jobs never graduated from college. He was once fired from Apple; the company he founded.
Thomas Edison: Edison was “too stupid to learn anything.” He was fired from his first two jobs for being “non-productive.” As an inventor, Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb.
Walt Disney: Disney dropped out of high school at 16. He was also fired by a newspaper editor because “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” He went bankrupt several times before he built Disneyland. In fact, the proposed park was rejected by the city of Anaheim on the grounds that it would only attract riffraff.
There are many MANY more personalities including Abraham Lincoln, Beethoven, Coco Chanel, Emily Dickinson, Henry Ford, Isaac Newton, Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Nelson Mandela, Pablo Picasso, Ralph Lauren, Sigmund Freud, Socrates, and Van Gogh who failed several times but didn’t give up.
And you still think you have no hope? Think over. Maybe it’s just a little more encouragement, and effort that you need.
Here are some quotes that I found to be inspirational:
“Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.”
“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot.. and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. That is why I succeed.”
– Michael Jordan
“I don’t believe I have special talents, I have persistence… After the first failure, second failure, third failure, I kept trying.”
– Carlo Rubbia, Nobel Prize winning Physicist