Never, Never Ever Give Up

January 20, 2009

“Never, never ever give up,” Winston Churchill

The most empowering words you can say to yourself are simply, “I will never, ever quit.  I may bend, I may take a break, I may choose another direction, or I may leave to go get some help, but I will never, ever quit.” 

Never, never ever give up.

On this historic day, the inauguration of our first African American President, the words of Winston Churchill were never more appropriate.  We can all personally learn the lesson of perseverance which has been experienced by African Americans, as a whole. 

Never, never ever give up.

Personally, I was laid off when I was thirty years old.  I started college at age thirty and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a double major in accounting and finance.  I relocated my family, and was divorced shortly afterwards.  Two years after that, at age forty,  I underwent a life-threatening brain tumor operation.  After that, I made several friends and eventually joined Toastmasters (a communication and leadership organization) where I won a few awards and discovered that speaking was my passion and purpose.  I was a part-time speaker for three years, and a soon to be author, when I was laid off from my job due to the current economic downturn.  I worked in the banking industry for eighteen years. 

 

Is this the end for me?  I truly believe it is the beginning.  What I do know for sure is this:     

I will never, ever quit.  I may bend, I may take a break, I may choose another direction, or I may leave to go get some help, but I will never, ever quit.

Never, never ever give up.

How about you?  

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