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It’s Not Over Until it’s Over

Never Give Up!

Never Give Up! (origin unknown)

How often do we find ourselves giving up when all seems lost?  When defeat is knocking at the door, do we shrink and accept our fate?  Who decides that failure is the only possible outcome?  What if at the last second we are able to turn the tables and rally your troops to victory?  Will we ever know if we continue to give up when our minds tell us there’s no hope?

 

Example 1 – Zebra vs. Lion

When you think about the above pairing, what outcome comes to your mind?  Probably one that involves a lion eating a zebra, right?  Had this been any other day with any other zebra, you would have been right.  But in this case, the zebra decides that it’s never too late to succeed.  Check it out:

I don’t know about you, but I would call it quits once I was inside the jaws of a lioness!

 

Example 2 – Wales vs. Tanzania

They say you know you’re doing well in track when you look around and are surrounded by Africans.  On this occasion, runner Steve Jones knew that feeling all too well.  He is being tailed by the 10,000m champion from Tanzania and the world cross-country champion from Ethiopia.  To top it off, the announcers have no faith in him either.  If you listen closely, you’ll hear one of them say casually, as if it’s common knowledge, “…and of course he’s got very little finishing speed.”  How would you like someone saying that about you in the hardest moment of your life?  Let’s take a look at Mr. Jones’ response:

 

The Strength to Win

Whatever you’re facing, know this – defeat is never certain.  You never know when the odds will change in your favor.  And if you give up before the end, you will never know what you could have accomplished.  In every case, the will to win comes from inside.  Sheer determination is the only thing that can defeat imminent failure.

When the entire universe seems to be piling up against you, remember, it is only your decision to quit that can keep you from your ultimate goal.  Never give up, never surrender!

If you know of anyone facing a mountain of challenges, or simply find these videos awesome, why don’t you share this article with them?  Feel free to Tweet about it as well.  You never know who could use a dose of motivation to keep going!  Be that person!

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About Brandon Freund

Brandon enjoys helping businesses build and effective online presence at his home base Big Dogs Internet Marketing. He is an avid lover of self-improvement - mostly because he knows he has so much work to do! When not writing here, you can find him writing for the Big Dogs blog.

About Brandon Freund

Brandon enjoys helping businesses build and effective online presence at his home base Big Dogs Internet Marketing. He is an avid lover of self-improvement - mostly because he knows he has so much work to do! When not writing here, you can find him writing for the Big Dogs blog.

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  1. Brandon,

    It is nice to see you here! Hajra introduced me to this blog and I am glad she did.

    I almost didn’t want to hit play on the video but then I remember this is a “don’t give up” post. I knew the zebra got away.

    What a great way to bring in your point of never give up. We usually see the zebra lose the fight but not this time.

    Persistence and patience will win always.

    ~Allie
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  2. This post is telling me, that “Abhi, you are in last few hours of your contest. It’s not finished yet so don’t stop until you get the finish beep”.
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  3. I would be guilty of this; I feel I always give up too quick; I don’t wait “for action” till the end. I want to but somehow the easy person in me let’s go….
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  4. And here we have the perfect metaphor for last minute efforts towards winning a contest…
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  5. Great post, Brandon! Both videos are very inspirational.

    I remember my second NaNoWriMo, I went into the last day needing more than 10,000 words to reach a win. Since I had to work that day, I thought for sure I would not make it. But an early snow (for Texas) made business slow where I worked, so I got to go home early that day. And that gave me the time I needed to be able to push for the win — as well as give me the belief that I could make it on the last day, a belief that served me well last year when I came from 13K behind to win.

    (Oh, and since that second one, I’ve made sure to ask of for Nov 30 so I would have plenty of time if I needed it ;)

    Just last week, the Cardinals proved the same point in game 6. The Rangers led until the 9th when the Cardinals tied it. In the top of the tenth, the Rangers again picked up a 2 run lead, only to have it tied again in the bottom. And in the 11th, the Cardinals broke through, after being behind or even most of the game.

    I like how Les Brown puts it. “It ain’t over until I win.”

    Great post!
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  6. hunterX0506 says:

    I agree that Zebra was so deliberate in it’s attempt to put the cat’s face underwater, the level of thinking was quite remarkable. | :P
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  7. Good fight :) Everybody can learn something!

  8. Wow, that Zebra was lucky to be standing in water. Would the Zebra have fallen eventually anyway due to wound infection as most animals do from severe bites? Or does that miss the point?
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  9. Cool zebra! Didn’t give up at all.
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  10. The only way to guarantee defeat is to give up.

    K

  11. That’s awesome. Thanks for this post!

  12. God video. Wish I had popcorn!

  13. Did you ever see this video? http://youtu.be/Kr5ZCkKDt7A NEVER give up.

    • But ya it makes sense not to give up. If one has to give up then why try; just forget it and sit like you have been defeated and if one to fight, then fight it out till the end. The whole point is that we start something to win it or achieve it and not be the one who back off because they don’t think they can.

      Ok,I may be talking a lot and not doing much; but this is what I believe I need to work on.
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  14. Brandon..such an inspirational post..especially the videos. Success is often just around the corner and sometime we do give up through lack of support or people believing in us.

  15. inspirational as well as quite funny, i did a double take when the zebra started to drown the lion!! thanks for sharing :D

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