The Best Examples of Never Giving Up
Remember the story of King Robert the Bruce and the Spider? I am sure every one of you has read the story at least once in life. You would find the story in Aesop fable’s collection of children's stories. As an adult, I thought this is a story meant for kids, how to not lose hope but then I thought Aesop didn’t write the fables for kids entertainment. Fables are lessons for adults, yes it sounds weird but it’s true. Honestly, I loved the simplicity of the story most, when I read it again as an adult. I am just giving a brief gist of it here, Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland lost battle against The King of England for 6 consecutive times, his soldiers were terribly injured, and he fled to a cave. There he saw a spider trying to reach the cave roof, but she was falling down. She couldn’t weave till the roof and fell 6 times. King Bruce felt pity for the Spider and thought to himself, she knows the pain of failing for six times. To his surprise, he saw the Spider weaving to the cave roof for the seventh time and this time she succeeded. The King got inspired by watching the Spider. He went to look for his soldiers, this time he was confident, he made a strong army and fought against The English Army and this time he won. He got back his kingdom.
This is a legend, most of us have not seen it but in this article I am going to write about real life heroes who never ever “Gave Up”.
“By every usual standard, I was the biggest failure I knew.” — J.K. Rowling
Shocking!! One of the most popular writers of the nineties and the 20th century. She introduced us to the Magical World of Hogwarts and her main protagonist Harry Potter. As a Nineties Kid, I couldn’t even imagine my childhood without reading the Harry Potter series and I think a lot of you would agree with me. Can you even imagine, a successful writer could ever say this? Yes, she had to struggle so much to attain this success. She had become clinically depressed after her first marriage. She had no job; she had to take care of her infant daughter when she started creating the Wizardry World for us through her first book Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. After writing 3 chapters, she sent it to a publisher who rejected the project. The same thing happened with the next 11 publishers, and she was in utmost depression then. Finally, the editor of a very small publishing house in London read the script. Surprisingly, the 8-year-old daughter of the editor read the script as well, and she was very excited to read the rest of the story. This made Bloomsbury Publishing house agrees to publish Rowling’s book. She was advised to get a day job because writing novels for Children won’t help her to survive. The rest is history and today her books are translated into more than 70 languages and the Harry Potter franchise has accumulated $25 billion since 1997.
J.K. Rowling’s success story is a legend for our future generation and it’s a learning lesson for us.
“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all — in which case, you fail by default.” — J.K. Rowling
If you don’t fail, you will never succeed. Just keep don’t Give Up.
The next story rather incident is a very recent one. I am talking about Yuvraj Singh, the prince of Indian Cricket team. He has a fan following all over the World. One of the most successful cricketers of the 20th century. He started his career in the year 2000, when most of the critics were not sure about his playing skill. He proved everyone wrong, he amazed everyone with his batting skill. Who doesn’t remember his 6 Sixes in an over on 19th September 2007? India got 3 world cups (u19/2000, T20/2007, ODI/2011) when he was in the Team. Shortly after he bagged Man of the Series in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, he went for his cancer treatment. Yeah, during the World Cup series he knew he had Cancer, but he didn’t let down his team and gave them the World Cup. His career as a cricket player took a halt for the next few months for treatment. Again many critics suggested his career has ended. In 2016, he again played for the winning team of IPL, Sunrises Hyderabad. His career’s best score (150 runs from 127 balls) happened in 2017. He retired from international cricket on 10th June 2019.
“I was not going to feel sorry for myself. No, why should I? When my form came back, or when I picked up wickets, or when I got the big scores, or when I got player of the match, or hit six sixes, had I ever asked God, ‘why me?’ Of course not. Often in my career, I have been the man with silver in the fist. Have I ever asked God, ‘why me?’ No, never. So when the illness came I had no right to ask ‘why me?” ― Yuvraj Singh, the Test of My Life
He wrote the book The Test of My Life, an autobiography whose first 20 copies were auctioned in Collectabillia.com.
Yuvi Singh’s story proves that best might come after the worst nightmare. He never lost faith even after being diagnosed with Lung Cancer.
“One has to remember that every failure can be a stepping stone to something better.” — Colonel Sanders
The story of KFC’s Owner is nothing less than Classic Tragedy. Colonel Sanders or Harland Sanders was born on 9th September 1980. His father died when he was just 5 years old, he had left school and joined the US army by the age of 16 from where he was discharged after a year. He got fired from his next 4 jobs by the time he was 17. He got married at 18 and his wife left him along with their child by the time he was 20. He became a cook and tried selling his secret recipe. This was not the beginning of happiness, because a series of conflicts ruined his career again. He acquired a motel four years later because he gained local popularity by selling his secret recipe. This motel was burned down the very same year and failure followed him in his next efforts as well. He started working in a cafeteria and sold his secret recipe. At the age of 65 he retired from his job as a cook but his dream to open the Kentucky Fried Chicken aka secret remained intact. The recipe was initially turned down more than 1000 times by restaurants that’s when he started selling door to door. In 1959, he again opened his KFC franchise and went to various restaurants offered to cook his recipes. KFC’s popularity had begun during this time and in 1962 Sanders got the patent protecting his method of pressure frying chicken. At the age of 88 Sanders became a Billionaire.
Failure can happen multiple times but that doesn’t mean you won’t ever succeed.
The reason I chose stories of these 3 people because, they prove Multiple Failures, Severe Illness and Rejections doesn’t really mean you should give up. Giving up is really easy but staying in the game and playing it is all which matters.
If you want to hear some more stories of People for whom Giving Up is not an option let me know in the Comment section below.
I hope you got inspired reading this.
All the best for your future.Note: Information mentioned in this article are taken from books and internet.