Winners Don’t Quit and Quitters Don’t Win
By Sanju Thapa Magar
There comes that moment in all of our lives when we feel like completely giving up, when nothing seems to go the way we planned, and the future looks bleak (meaning: unwelcoming) at best. In times like these, we cannot help but feel that there cannot reason to keep on trying; after all, what is the point in working on something when you know it is going to be futile (meaning: useless) in the end? But to be fair, it is never a good idea to just give up, not until you have given of your best into the situation.
To never give up means to stand up and try one more time even when you completely feel like you are unable to do and are tempted to quit. Regardless of whether you slow down or not, you should keep on trying. One of the main drivers of success is persistence, perseverance (meaning: determination) and a resolution to keep on trying. Even when your body aches and the scars seem to be wearing you down; do not accept in your mind to quit. Do not say no to your dreams. It is important to preserve as opposed to being lazy and letting defeatism take a toll on you. We tend to learn these negative vices from the society, our surroundings and our peers. Do not allow your environment to plunge (meaning: drop) you into despair (meaning: hopelessness); instead always have hope that in turn fuels perseverance.
“Each day we wake up, we have another chance.
We could just keep on moving, or we could decide to dance.
Dance as if you are alone, and no one will ever see,
As this is your chance, to see what you could be.
Always keep looking forward, looking back is never good.
You want to look to the future, and that’s what everyone should do.”
There is nothing to say that success will come to you at the very first attempt. Sometimes, you have to struggle for years before you can reach the place you aimed for. There will be multiple setbacks on the way, and if you give up every time you encounter a roadblock, it will be impossible to ever achieve anything. So, you must keep trying in order to make it in the end, and the taste of success will be even sweeter.
This is perhaps the most important benefit of not giving up. Your goals may seem tough or almost impossible to reach, but you will never really know that unless you have tried. It is only by trying, and trying again, that you will finally understand whether the goal was achievable or not. If you give up without trying at all, or at the first hint of failure, you will always have the nagging thought at the back of your mind: ‘what if I tried?’ If you do try enough, and then finally step back, you will definitely know that this was not doable, or otherwise, because you gave it your best efforts.
If you give up after your first failure, you will know what you did wrong, but you will never learn the right way to do things. Every time you make a mistake and fail to achieve your goal, you will know one more thing that should not be done. This way, by process of elimination alone, you will keep getting closer to your goal, and finally arrive at a foolproof way to get things done.
If you give up even before you begin the race, or after the first lap, you will never know what is at the end of the line. You have a goal in mind, sure, but do you know what it will be like to finally be there? Persevering on your way will get you to the very top, and the view will be breathtaking. If you stop midway, that is it for you; the end of the line with no excitement.
We live in a fairly competitive world, which means that every time we let go of our dreams, someone else makes them their own. A million people are chasing the same dream all their lives, and if you don’t keep trying, somebody else will be living your dream, and you will spend the rest of your life mired in regret and jealousy. Giving up is not an option if you have to stay ahead in the race.
If you give up on your goal after a single try, or without trying at all, you will never know the right way of doing things. Failures tell us that we are doing something wrong, forcing us to change track and learn new things in the process. We have to stay updated if we are to hang on to our dreams, because there is no point in doing the same thing and repeating our mistakes. By working on different ways to get something done, we achieve perfection, becoming an expert in our field in the process. Don’t quit, suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.