Jim Sher

Life it too short! Don't Give up

by Jim Sher

We live in a challenging world. We want to be better in whatever we do; we want to do our best to stand on top; we want to fight for what we believe in; we want to be the best that we can be. But that takes time, effort, hard work, and perseverance. We can’t give up without a fight. That’s the key to be successful in life. It’s not only how many times we have tried; it’s also how much we learned each time from our mistakes. We must stand up and not give up. The beginning is always the hardest. Tough times don’t last, but tough people do. Never give up!

My older daughter, Angelina, did not make it to the final three for three years in a row on the “Book Cover Poster Contest” when she was in Elementary School. She didn’t give up, because I told her that she should not take the contest too seriously. Winning was not everything. The main thing was to have fun and be creative. In life sometimes we win, and sometimes we lose. That’s a fact of life, and that’s the way we can be better by learning pieces from our past. We may not win the reward, but we win the pride and knowledge. I also reminded her that not winning is the beginning of success. If we always win the first time all the time, then our learning and knowledge will be very limited. At the end of her fourth year in elementary school, she finally won first place. I am glad that she took my advice and didn’t give up.

Your strength does not come from lifting weights; your strength comes from lifting yourself up every time you get knocked down. I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by winnings that I have reached in life as by the obstacle which I have overcome while trying to succeed. Just remember, the moment you’re ready to quit is usually the moment right before a miracle happens. Don’t give up. There’s a difference between giving up and starting over. Keep going. No matter what you do, no matter how many times you screw up and think to yourself that there’s no point in carrying on or no matter how many people tell you that you can’t do it – keep going. Don’t quit. Don’t quit, because a few months from now you will be that much closer to your goal.

Life is too short! If we give up on the things we do too quickly instead of seeing what we can improve and learn from them, then we can never know the answer when we run into a similar situation in the future. Within every problem is an opportunity. Don’t give up! It’s hard to beat someone who never gives up. Be strong. Be courageous. Have faith. Never lose hope. Fight your battles. Stand up for yourself. Be proud of who you are. NEVER GIVE UP!

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