Time- 25 minutes
A – Failure and success are like the two sides of the same coin. One’s life is an amalgamation of both these components, though these might not always be present in the same proportions in every individual’s life, because each person is different and unique. Everyone has a different perspective and a different world view, which enables them to traverse the ocean of life. People might view the glass as half-empty or half-full.
B – Failure is a part and parcel of each human being’s life. Nobody’s life is a bed of roses, a linear collection of only successful events. People actually do not fail in their endeavours, they stop trying hard enough to reach their goals. We live in a world of instant gratification, where we want things to work out for us at the speed of light. But every successful venture is preceded by perseverance, dedication, hard work, unstinted faith in one’s capabilities and commitment. Without these ingredients, there will be no recipe for success.
C – People give up because they expect too much in too little a time. This is merely wishful thinking because things do not really happen as and when we want them to happen. Circumstances might not always be favourable. The sooner we realise this, the better it will be for our success rate. If the conditions are adverse, we need to take things in our own hands and transform our present situation so that it becomes feasible for enabling us to reach our goals in a timely and holistic fashion.
D – Perhaps people also give up because they are unable to set realistic, time-bound goals, which are achievable through sincere efforts. Some are fond of building castles in the air. Some merely wish to imitate another’s success story. All these are the result of not being able to understand oneself, one’s strengths, weaknesses and circumstances.
E –Giving up too soon on a goal or a dream results in failure, and one of the important reasons behind giving up is lack of patience and dedication. People have their hands in a lot of things or they wish to perform multiple tasks simultaneously, thinking that by doing so, they can discover a short-cut route to success. But this results in a dismal, hard-hitting failure, where one might feel that despite making so many efforts in several different directions, one has not been able to achieve what one set out to achieve in the first place.
F –Albert Einstein once famously remarked – “Its not that I am smart, I just stay with my problems a little longer”. In fact, this is what makes all the difference – going that extra mile to overcome that terrible hardship or obstacle, hanging in there when all situations seem bleak and pointless, persevering when everyone else has given up and gone home, going back to the drawing-board and beginning once again from square one, even if it might mean erasing all of one’s previous efforts. Staying with a hindrance a little longer than others will result in unearthing a positive and innovative solution which will eventually lead to success.
G – One also gives up because one gives in to the pessimistic, judgemental views of others who do not believe that a particular goal is achievable or even conceivable. Giving in to such people displays that one is afraid to explore or break fresh ground. One remains stuck in the same old vicious cycle then, where progressive steps towards the larger dream or goal cannot be taken because of the fear of treading upon unknown territory. But it is important to remember that nothing great was ever achieved without believing in one’s ability to discover alternative solutions to the problem at hand.
Conclusion – Perseverance and unstinted optimism are the two important pillars to achieve a goal. Giving up kills the dream and paralyses one’s movements. One must try hard enough and long enough if something worthwhile is to be achieved. Rome wasn’t built in a day.