I know people say this. I’ve read a lot of memes about how persistence pays. It’s the plugging along and the plugging along and the plugging along and the one fine day, everything works concept. It’s easier said than done. I don’t want to hear, but I’m sure there are millions of stories of the trying and trying and trying and never making it to where they wanted. I guess, we don’t want to focus on that because then we’d most likely quit. Heck. I may not even start.
The thing with this concept is the continued focus even when things are going south. When things are not staying in a consistent lull, but actually getting worse. How does one not give up in those situations? I don’t have the answer, but I will talk about a couple of situations where I’ve heard this “never give up” philosophy work.
Situation 1. I am following a podcast on Anchor and I haven’t listened to a lot of their episodes, but there was one particular episode where the speaker talks about how he had only 7 listens to his podcast one day and he thought he was irrelevant. He wanted to give up and then boom, it changed and a week later it just grew and it became 1000 people listening. Wow. I would like to know how that happens. I would like a 100 people to listen for starters. I’m digressing. The point was that he stuck it through and if he would have quit when there was 7, he would have never known the potential. It probably was really hard with just 7 listens especially when you are trying to make it big and when your livelihood depends on it.
The reason for this podcast is not situation 1. It’s situation 2 that really spoke to me.
Situation 2. I’m in Antigua on the beach reading a book. This a public beach and the vendors approach you to ask if you want to buy something or book a tour. They are trying to do business and it’s their livelihood. There are guests who book and why not? If you are not interested as a guest, you just say, “No thank you” and they move on. Sometimes, they’ll stop and ask how you are and what your plans are and if you want to book with them. So, maybe the conversation takes a few more sentences than “Are you interested in a tour?” Reply with “No thank you”. I was on a beach chair reading a book and I didn’t want to get interrupted but I didn’t mind. I understood the culture and it was fine. A couple in the beach chair next to us, did not want to get interrupted and instead of “no thank you.” They responded with “Do not talk to me. I’m just trying to relax here and you come and talk to me.” And the vendor, I will not blame him said, “It’s a public beach. I can approach anyone I want.” And this conversation went on and on with the guest getting more and more frustrated and security at the resort stepped in and finally the vendor moved on. As he moved on, he said to himself and loudly, “Never Give up! Never Give up!” and I wished I had a tour to book with him, but I didn’t. In face of contempt, the vendor, shook it off and held on to his mantra and went on. I watched and thought about how often we shake away something bad and say to ourselves, “never give up.” For me, not too many times. But maybe, I do need to do that more often.
So, before I go, Never Give Up dear friends. Great things are coming your way.