Keep Trying – The Greatest Tragedy is When You Stop Trying!
What matters most is not how many times you fail, but that you keep trying. — Abraham Lincoln
Are you on the brink of giving up? Have you been facing a lull period? Do you feel demotivated and are not able to score good marks or succeed in life? Well, hang in for a second there until you read this blog. Please do!
Trust me; failure isn’t a dirty word. The world wants to know about failures who turned their shortcomings into a success story down the line. That’s why we idolize entrepreneurs who have truly screwed up, only to find a way to become winners in the end. Failure is certainly not a tragedy. The internet is plagued with a thousand quotes, platitudes and clichés about failure that you can fall back on.
Life can be very tough, but remember that you are not alone in your struggles. We are all in the same boat, working through our obstacles one step at a time. If you feel like giving up, don’t, because you have it in you to do whatever you want. Keep your goals in sight and let your vision drive you forward.
Let’s take a look at a few things that you need to gulp down like bitter medicine to recover and keep trying.
Failure is not the end of the world.
Thomas Alva Edison once said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Learn to separate not succeeding at a task or the process of trial and error, from the belief that you are not good enough, or that you have failed. Who knows? You may stumble across something even better in the process! Keep trying new things. Don’t let societal or parental pressure bog you down. Remove the fear of failure from your mind.
The best is yet to come.
What’s the worst thing that could happen by trying and failing? Maybe you’ll learn some lessons the tough way! You might face consequences that can be hard to face like losing money, losing your self-esteem, going the wrong way and losing the faith of loved ones. But trust me, you always get through them. You can always come out the other side.
The world is your oyster.
Life is an endless recitation. If we really wish to live with courage, it can be an endless process of self-discovery, an endless and unpredictable dialogue between our potential and the life situations. By potentialities I mean not just intellectual gifts but the full range of one’s capacities for learning, sensing, wondering, understanding, loving, and aspiring.
Sometimes, things will not turn out the way you hoped—accept it.
There will be times when you don’t save as much money as you thought you would, when you fail to stick to your diet and give into your indulgences, when you fail to get a good rank in spite of burning the midnight oil or aren’t living the life you dreamed you would be when you were 16! You need to understand that these things are not failure. They are actually a process towards healing, towards learning. These things create the whole story, the larger picture. The point is that ultimately, it’s not how much you have failed but how you coped with failure and never gave up.
Get out of your comfort zone.
Don’t tell yourself these things. They are notorious for ruining your self-esteemI can’t dance. I can’t code. I can’t study. I can’t play sports. I can’t speak in public. I can’t start that project. I can’t possibly get up early in the morning. These thoughts put you in the clutches of negativity. Simply keep trying. You might realise that you actually can do some things that you previously felt were impossible for you.
Don’t try hard to look interesting, be interested.
No matter what the world says, do not chase success or money. Ambition is a fickle word. After all, it will eventually wear out and probably should. But what will stay with you is your zest until the day you die. You need to be passionate about what you do. Success and good fortune will follow. Keep a sense of curiosity alive; discover new things. Care. Risk failure. Reach out.
Everyone fails. The question isn’t did you fail, but did you pick yourself up and move ahead? Somewhere out there, there are hundreds of visionaries and geniuses, who just didn’t take that step after failing. Maybe, because of it, humanity missed out on innovations and theories that could have changed the way we live and breathe. I believe that there are artists who could have created works of staggering beauty that they could bring anyone to tears — but they never tried.
Remember, success is a relative term. Absolute success is not defined. There’s just you and your personal definition of success. Hence, a lot of whether you succeed or not depends on your definition of success! Read about it here.