You Only Fail by Giving Up
You aren’t licked until you quit. To put it another way, when you put a little hump in “u,” you change a “chump” to a “champ.” Let’s consider some other examples. Jerry West, one of basketball’s all-time greats, was so bad as a youngster the neighborhood kids wouldn’t let him play recreational basketball with them. Work and practice made the difference in his career.
Words like persistence, dedication, extra effort, and the blood, sweat and tears Churchill so eloquently described as he aroused England for her finest hour might not sound glamorous, but they work – and are prime ingredients in the recipe for greatness. Realistically, these words describe the only characteristics that will overcome certain obstacles.
Demosthenes, the famous Greek orator, had such a speech impediment that he was shy and retiring. His father left him an estate that made him a wealthy man, but according to Greek law he had to establish his right to ownership in public debate before he could claim his estate. His impediment, combined with shyness rendered him helpless and he lost his estate. Then, he went to work and by sheer dogged effort scaled oratorical heights never before reached by mortal man. History neglected to record the man’s name who took his inheritance, but school children around the world have learned the story of Demosthenes for centuries. It’s true: Regardless of how many times you are “down,” you are not whipped if you get up one more time than you are knocked down.
Don’t let Failure make You a Coward
When you know in your own mind that you’ve given something your very best effort and you didn’t succeed, don’t quit. Simply start another project. A close friend involved me in a business transaction involving a gadget which didn’t sell. Fortunately, I got out before the roof caved in. My friend, however, lost several thousand dollars. When it was all over, he philosophically stated, “you know, Zig, I hate to lose the money, but the thing that really concerns me is the fear that this will make me overly cautious and a financial coward regarding other business opportunities. If that happens, then my loss will be multiplied many times obey.”
How true, how true.
One young man didn’t let this happen to him. He was involved in an oil venture and ran out of money, so he sold his interest to his partners who stuck with it. After much time and effort, they got their break and hit a gusher. The company later became Cities Service, and we know it today as CITGO. The young man who withdrew, later got involved in the clothing business. As a matter of fact, he went broke. Still, he wasn’t discouraged. Later on he got into politics. Historians are already saying kind things about Harry S. Truman, the two-time failure who kept getting back up until he became President of the United States.
Failure has been correctly identified as the line of least Persistence, whereas success is often a question of simply sticking to the job and working and believing while you are sticking. If your particular job is harder than you might wish, just remember you can’t sharpen a razor on a piece of velvet and you can’t sharpen a man by spoon-feeding him.
Success occurs when opportunity meets preparation. Many times it is just over the hill or around the corner. Sometimes it takes that extra push to climb that hill or round that curve. The wit was right when he said, “if you have enough push you don’t have to worry about pull.”
President Calvin Coolidge wrote, “nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not. Nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not. Unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not. The world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence, determination and hard work make the difference.”
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Written by Arshad. A