Never Give Up! Plus 10 Famous Failures To Keep You Motivated

Perseverance is one of the most important characteristics you can maintain in your journey of cultivating self love, and really, just in life.  You may often feel like "things" keep happening to you...the types of things that set you back.  You may feel like you are the only one that is challenged by these things.  There may also be other external factors that push you down at times, like people telling you that you are not good enough.  Yes, life certainly has its challenges.  What is important to remember is that all of these "bad things" that happen to you, and all of the other external factors that push you down, only hold you down because of your inner struggle.  Nothing on the outside can you make you feel bad without your permission.  Anytime you get knocked down and you don't get up, it is because you are allowing it to happen.  It's so important to remember that no matter what happens to you externally, you can choose to get back up and keep going.  You personally have the power to never give up.  No one can take that away from you.  I know how hard it is to not give up.  I decided early on in my battle with depression and anxiety that I would NEVER give up.  There were so many times that I felt like I was in some sort of muddy obstacle course with things that would knock me down, spray me with water, and push me back 100 feet.  There were so many times that I felt like I was barely crawling along the path, but I always kept going.  I still face challenges today, and I always push myself to continue on.   

Here are a few "famous failures" that will surely inspire you to never give up.  If these people can overcome their failures you can too.  You are no different than these people...the only thing that they had that you may still be learning is the ability to persevere no matter what.  Rather than seeing their setbacks as failures, they looked at them as challenges and opportunities to grow. 

  1. Michael Jordan- He was cut from his high school basketball team
  2. Steven Spielberg- He was rejected from film school
  3. Beethoven- He was told by his music teacher that we was a hopeless composer
  4. Babe Ruth- He struck out over 1,300 times
  5. Walt Disney- He was fired from a newspaper job fro his lack creativity and good ideas
  6. Soichiro Honda-  He was turned down for an engineering job at Toyota
  7. R.H. Macy- He had seven businesses fail before hitting it big with Macy's
  8. Bill Gates- His first business attempt after dropping out of Harvard failed
  9. Oprah Winfrey- She was fired from a job as a television reporter because she was "unfit for tv"
  10. The Beatles-  They were told by a recording company that they "didnt like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out."

Can you even imagine if the people above decided to give up after "failing" the first few times?  Start looking at failures as challenges, and one day you will find yourself getting up much more easily after knocked down.  It takes practice, but it's probably one of the most valuable skills you can add to your life!