“Ever tried, ever failed. No matter. Try again, fail again, fail better” Samuel Beckett.
I remember reading the story of Thomas Edison while he was trying to invent the light bulb. He made a bulb without success. He again attempted, failed miserably. He kept at it for 999 times without any success. But he pursued in his efforts. And voila! 1000th attempt was a viable light bulb, a common place object which we now take for granted!
Had he not pursued his efforts… had he given up thinking he was no good…had he changed his focus and tried to do something else…
Who knows how the course of history would have changed?
“Our greatest glory is not in never failing but in rising everytime we fail” Confucius
Thomas Edison is not the only one. There are thousands of stories of people who pursued, who kept going against all odds and finally achieved what they aimed at. Abraham Lincoln, Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein, Walt Disney, Van Gogh, J.K Rowling.. Success came to them after so much time and troubles only because they did not give up.
The take away:
Work on something you love and pursue it adamantly.
“Everyone of you should have an aim. But do not forget that on the quality of your aim will depend the quality of your life. Your aim should be high and wide, generous and disinterested; this will make your life precious to yourself and to others.” The Mother