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But They Did Not Give Up……..

Some time ago I wrote an article on never giving up. As we approach the 2008 Olympics in Beijing the emphases on winning gold will be on everyone’s mind. The question is are those who compete and do not medal in their events failures? And if they fail, do they give up and never try again…..In your case, maybe you did not qualify for the Junior Olympics or if you did; you did not place in the finals. So where does that leave you? Do you consider yourself a failure?Let me show you how to celebrate failure…..Here are a few very successful people who failed many times….But they did not give up!

Churchill_portrait_NYP_45063Winston Churchill, failed sixth grade, he was defeated in every election for public office until he became Prime Minister at the age of 62. His motto was “Never give up, Never give in, Never, Never, Never”………



“Only those who dare to fail greatly, can achieve greatly” – John F. Kennnedy


 Sigmund Freud – was booed from the podium when he first presented his ideas to the scientific community





“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail”….Confucius

Thomas_EdisonThomas Edison’s teachers said he 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.



“Ever tried ever failed, no matter. Try again and fail better” – Samuel Beckett

Michael_JordanMichael Jordan was cut from his High School team, and went one to be the best basketball player in the world!

August 3, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment