Never Give Up!


Several famous people have faced failure or putdowns early in their careers but have continued despite this discouraging start and have proceeded to rise to international fame. The Beatles were turned down by Decca; one of their executives said, “We don’t like their sound. Groups of guitars are on the way out.” The director of Blue Book Modelling Agency told the hopeful young model, Norma Jean Baker that she’d “better learn secretarial work or else get married”, little knowing she’d been talking to the future Marilyn Monroe. When Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, the President, Rutherford Hayes, tried it out and told Bell that it was “an amazing invention but who would ever want to use one of them?” Wilma Rudolph the 20th of 22 children was born prematurely and her survival was doubtful. Aged four, she suffered from pneumonia, scarlet fever and polio which paralysed her leg. By 13 she had removed the metal leg brace, learnt to walk without it and had decided to become a runner. She lost race after race but one day she actually won a race. And then another. Eventually this girl, who was told she would never walk again, went on to win three Olympic gold medals. Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet; you gain strength and confidence when you must do the thing you cannot do. A winner is not one who never fails but one who never quits. We only pass this way once. Let’s live life to the full and give it our best. Based on an anonymous article on the internet.