Edward Kramer encourages you “never admit failure until you have made your last attempt and never make last attempt until you have succeeded”.

A certain army general was defeated in a war with his soldiers scattered. He went into hiding and in his hideout, he saw an ant making attempts to roll a big pebble over a nearby wall. As he counted the ant attempted 69 times and failed. At the 70th attempt, the ant succeeded.

The ant’s success energized the general who jumped out, rearranged his soldiers again and continued with the war until he conquered the enemy.

Rather than giving up, keep on going somewhere. Chances are that you might stumble on something, perhaps when you least expect it. I have not heard or seen anyone stumbling on something sitting down.

Do you know that no matter the score in a football match, the game is not over until the final whistle at the end of 90 minutes regulation time? Likewise, if your biological clock is still ticking, then your game of life is not yet over. Keep in mind that as long as you are still alive, you still have play time and therefore, a chance to win.

  • Henry Ford failed and went broke five times before he finally succeeded. Beethoven handled the violin awkwardly and preferred playing his own compositions instead of improving his technique. His teacher called him hopeless as a composer.
  • Colonel Sanders had the construction of a new road put him out of business in 1967. He went to over 1,000 places trying to sell his chicken recipe before he found a buyer who got interested in his 11 herbs and spices. Seven years later, at the age of 75, Colonel Sanders sold his fried chicken company for a finger-licking’ $15 million!
  • Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor for lack of ideas. Disney also went bankrupt several times before he built Disneyland.
  • Charles Darwin, father of the theory of evolution, gave up a medical career and was told by his father, “You care for nothing but shooting dogs, and rat catching.” In his autobiography, Darwin wrote, “I was considered by my father, a very ordinary boy, rather below the common standard in intellect”.
  • Albert Einstein did not speak until he was four years old and didn’t read until he was seven. His teacher described him as “mentally slow, unsociable and adrift forever in his foolish dreams.” He was expelled and refused admittance to Zurich Polytechnic School. The University of Bern turned down his Ph.D. dissertation as being irrelevant and fanciful.
  • Miss Philips told Peter, her student, “you are a bad, bad boy and will never amount to anything useful in life”.

All these people showed persevered. If you dare to do what they did, you too can have what they had.