The commonest of quotes I grew up to learn by heart is "winners never quit and quitters never win". It became engraved on the tablets of my heart since I knew the difference between left and right. My Dad's such passionate believer in dreams. He is a person that does not believe in giving up. More than once in my life, I have seen him thrive through various problems and predicaments without giving up. I watched his every step and one thing I believe I have picked up from him is the same tenacity; the same fortitude to never give up until the battle is won. Someone said "winning is not everything but wanting to win is".
Recently, I was glued to the TV at a friend's house watching an episode of 'Contender'. It was the match between a very tall, giant-looking guy versus a short but muscular figure. The short guy was always caught in between the furious hands of the tall giant. Every time he trys to give the tall guy a head-lock (his favourite move that has seen him win many games, some flawless), he gets a bang somewhere in his body. The giant gave him the beating of his life. However, the short guy was not giving up on his favourite hallmark move. Attempts after attempts, trial after trial, he failed but kept on trying. The giant perhaps knew about his twists, turns and tricks and would always get him just before he got trapped. This continued for minutes and the short guy had started bleeding his life out, looking rather frail. Everything seem to point to the fact that he had lost the match. Despite his many failures, he did not quit trying his favourite move. By this time, the giant had gotten a stronghold of him, punching and kicking him like a punching bag. Suddenly, just when you think the short man would give up, with blood all over his body, he got hold of the giant in his favourite headlock move that has been the hallmark of his career. Gbam! the giant was caught in the trap. He could not let go; thus, he begged for his life. The short man won the battle.
Lessons learnt: In the words of Bill Cox "you may have to fight a battle more than once to win it!". In life, most of the battles that we find ourselves in require intestinal fortitude to remain unyielding to defeat; many of them require an unending and undying commitment to seeing change come. Michael Jordan was once quoted thus, "I've missed more than 9000 shots, 26 times I missed the game winning shot. I've failed over and again. That's why I succeed." Verily, verily I say unto you, very few battles in life are won by a single attempt. Malcom Forbes, the late editor-in-chief of Forbes Magazine, failed many times and one of such times was when he failed to make the staff of his university newspaper as an undergraduate but he never gave up. Walt Disney was once fired by a newspaper company editor for lack of ideas but he never gave up. Albert Einstein, was a mathematics failure in his high school life but he never gave up. These people never made one attempts at the battles in their lives. They made lots of attempts until they prevailed.
Dear reader, my words to you today, never give up until you have seen the light; don't relent until you have won the battle because you are a winner if you believe you are one.
- Le Dynamique Professeur