Before You Decide to Give up, Please Read This!
Life can be extremely challenging. In these very uncertain and challenging times, it is easy to fall into despair and you may not see the light at the end of the dark tunnel. We have all been there and you are not alone.
If there is one thing that I have learned in my past is to never ever give up. If you fall, then just get back up and try again. It doesn’t matter if it is the first time, or the hundredth time, you must always get up and try again. Failure is the key ingredient for the recipe of success.
“Failure is not falling down but refusing to get up.” -Chinese proverb
Without Failure, There Would Be No Success!
Whether you like KFC or not, the story of Colonel Harland Sanders is truly amazing. This story is inspirational because it is an example of how perseverance, dedication, and ambition along with hard work can create success; regardless of your age.
Col. Sanders was 65 years old, retired, and broke. He traveled to houses and restaurants all over searching for someone to help promote his chicken recipe. He was turned down one-thousand and nine times before his chicken was accepted once. Today, Colonel Harland Sanders has become a world-known figure by marketing his “finger-lickin’ good” Kentucky Fried Chicken.
“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” -Nelson Mandela
Some of the most famous people and companies started from humble beginnings. In its first year of business, Coca-Cola only sold 400 Cokes. Dr. Suess’ first children’s book, was rejected by 27 publishers. Vanguard Press, the 28th publisher, sold 6 million copies of the book. The book, Chicken Soup for the Soul was turned down by 33 publishers before Health Communications agreed to publish it. Since then, over 7 million copies of Chicken Soup for the Soul, A 2ndHelping of Chicken Soup for the Soul, and the Chicken Soup for the Soul Cookbook have been sold worldwide, with the books translated into 20 languages.
If Colonel Harland Sanders, Dr. Suess, Coca-Cola, and the authors of Chicken Soup for the Soul, had given up, then they wouldn’t be the household names that they are today. These inspirational stories serve as living proof that if at first, you don’t succeed, you must try and try again.
Unfortunately, many people stop trying after failure comes their way. They lose their confidence, determination, and will. However, success usually follows quickly behind these huge failures because you’ve inevitably learned what not to do.
“I have not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” -Thomas Alva Edison
Don’t stop with the failure. See it as a learning curve, an opportunity to learn from and to grow. Don’t sit down, take a few more steps and see if it gets you where you wanted to go. Each time you get up, it builds more character and more strength that you have developed.
Have you ever watched children learning to walk? They fall, and they get back up. They fall again, and they get back up again. Eventually, they learn to stand and walk because children are determined, they don’t give up and soon they’re running. Could you imagine if we all gave up as children? We would still be crawling around on our hands and feet.
Never stop reaching for the stars and never, ever stop believing in yourself. Sometimes tomorrow is about learning from yesterday.