“When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.”
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
“Never consider the possibility of failure; as long as you persist, you will be successful.”
- Brian Tracy
“Having once decided to achieve a certain task, achieve it at all costs of tedium and distaste. The gain in self-confidence of having accomplished a tiresome labor is immense.”
- Thomas A. Bennett
The message in these quotes is, “Keep on trying and never give up—no matter what”. Success requires proactivity, hard work, persistent effort, and most important self-belief; but what if it’s not enough? What if you have done all that, explored countless avenues and still fail? Do you continue to try and fail; or do you call it a day and move on? Here’s a quote that suggest exactly the latter:
“If at first you don’t succeed, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it.”
- W.C. Fields
We’ve been brought up on the idea that if we work hard and persist, we will be rewarded with the achievement of what we desire at the end of it. The reality is, though, this will not always be the case for everyone, else we’d all be living our dreams.
“Don’t be discouraged. It’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the stars.”
- Les Brown
So when are we fooling ourselves? Is it after we’ve exhausted every approach our minds can come up with; when we’ve sacrificed so much we can sacrifice no more? Or do we never ever stop believing and just keep going? It’s a tough one; because there have been so many success stories that illustrated people going to great lengths and achieved their dreams: it’s hard not to look at those and not be inspired by them.
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