Things don’t always work out the way you want them to. Struggles and unforeseen circumstances sometimes stand in the way of your lifelong goals and acheivements. You have the choice to give up, or fight to the finish. How you finish your race is up to you. This video shows that no matter what happens, you will always be a winner as long as you keep going.
Watch Video: Never Quit – Never Fail
Failure really can lead to success. Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, knows this all too well. I recently listened to a story broadcasted on the NPR network. During this segment, Jeff explained how he originally set out to be a cartoonist. He was rejected time and time again as his artwork was considered too childish.
As stated in NPR’s interview with Jeff Kinney, “I just could not draw like a professional cartoonist,” he says. “I was like, ‘I draw like a middle-schooler, right?’ And eventually this idea came to me … maybe if I act like I’m doing it on purpose, everybody will think that I was doing it on purpose, and they won’t be able to reject me … that’s where the idea of Diary of a Wimpy Kid came from.”
Just think what would have happened if Jeff would have simply accepted rejection and walked away? His book series has become a HUGE success. He has published 6 books, and a seventh is on the way. The books have been translated into 40 languages and there are 75 million copies in print worldwide.
Jeff did what so many of us have failed to do…he took difficulties and a could be failure and found a way to make it a success. He would not take” no” for an answer. Instead, he found a way to use criticism of his work and mold a masterpiece. Sometimes things don’t end up as we intend. However, if we strive to find the positive in our obstacles, success can be attained.
I recently read an article about an amazing young lady who has defied all odds, took her life struggles and used them to fuel her desire to turn her life around to earn herself a full ride scholarship to one of the most prestigious colleges in our country.
Dawn Loggins, of Lawndale, North Carolina is an exemplary example of someone who refused to give up, no matter how many obstacles were placed in her way.
This young lady overcame an extremely difficult childhood. Homeless at an early age, and abandoned by her parents, she refused to let this get her down. She worked hard to excel academically. She was blessed with counselors, teachers, and a community that believed in her. Living most of her life with no electricity, running water, and later – no home, this young lady is a true success story. Her refusal to give up hope, when all else seemed to be working against her displays her determination and drive that would be an asset to our youth today.
Dawn had the drive and insight to continue to focus on her future. A straight A student – and armed with determination, she applied, and was accepted to, a number of distinguished schools such as University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, North Carolina State, Davidson College and Warren Wilson College. Dawn was also accepted to Harvard – her reach for the stars school – and will be attending the Ivy League school on a full ride scholarship.
These types of students give me hope for a brighter future. Dawn has proven, that no matter what is in your past, your future is yours to mold.