Thursday, June 10, 2010



Giving up, already?


Quitting is easy. When things are difficult, most people simply give up. They don’t have the vision to keep going when it gets tough. The unfortunate thing about giving up is that after you give up once, it becomes easier to give up a second time. This can lead to a third time and before you know it, you have made it a habit.


You can’t get away from failure and rejection if you want to make something of yourself. This is life, and it happens from time to time. This is where ‘working on your internal communication’ comes in.




Brush through your history books and you will be served with countless stories of both men and women who knew the importance of perseverance and of the warnings of those who gave up!


Did you know that Walt Disney was turned down 302 times before the bank lent him money to build Disneyland? Walt had a vision, and stayed committed to fulfilling it and he made what is today known to be ‘The Happiest Place on Earth’.


Colonel Sanders was in his sixties when he decided his social security check wasn’t enough to live on and went to market his great idea. What was it? A chicken recipe that he thought everyone would want. He went from restaurant to restaurant asking everyone if they would use his recipe, and they thought that he was crazy and so was his recipe. Finally, after hundreds of rejections, somebody gave him a nod, and the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) was born.


When we think of Thomas Alva Edison, did you know that he failed over 9999 times in the process of inventing a light bulb? He said, “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent, perspiration!” In the beginning Dr. Seuss was rejected by twenty-eight publishers. The publishers considered his books “too outlandish to appeal to children”. In its first attempt to send a rocket to space, NASA failed 20 times. Would you have kept trying after hundreds of failures? Unfortunately, most people wouldn’t.


Sometimes, you won’t be able to see what lies ahead. Sometimes you’ll question yourself. Sometimes, you’ll look into the tunnel, and you won’t be able to tell whether you see the sunlight at the other end of the tunnel or a train is coming right toward you. Sometimes you get discouraged and confused when you can’t see the solution. This is all part of the process.


If you really want something, the entire universe will conspire for you towards achieving it. But it will take great persistence. Anything that is given consistent attention will grow.

Michael Jordan once said, “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions, I have been entrusted to take the game-winning shot…and missed. I have failed over and over again in my life and that’s why… I succeed.


Hence, my dear Success-Seeker! In a nutshell, the entire phobia about failure lies in your mind. If you think, you can, you will, but only if you’re ready to sustain your attempts, ‘unconditionally’, at what you really ‘want’.


“Arise! Awake! And stop not till the goal is reached!”

- Swami Vivekananda