An old friend once wisely said to me: “It is not the smartest people that end up being the most successful. It is the most hard working”. And his words reaffirmed my belief in the importance of perseverance and determination.
From a young age, I’ve had great self-discipline. I didn’t believe in giving up on things when they got hard; I kept trying until I got the result I wanted.
And when I got to University, my attitude remained the same. After receiving an assignment mark that I was disappointed with, I booked a meeting with my tutor to see where I went wrong. I sat down with her, asking to go through every single bit of my Psychology assignment. As a result of my hard work, I ended up getting the highest grade possible for the completed assignment – a High Distinction.
It was my absolute dream to do well with my Psychology course and when things didn’t go according to plan, I didn’t give up. I chose to prove to myself that I was capable of doing well. The low grade was not the be-all and end-all. It challenged me to do better.
And likewise, as you might remember, I entered the Best Australian Blogs Competition 2012 last month. The results were not in my favour and to be honest, I was pretty shattered. I went on to question my writing ability and wondered whether I was even cut out to be a writer.
But I CHOSE not to give up. I CHOSE to believe in myself.
And because I believed in myself:
– I’ve been interviewed by a German journalist for her book
– Had one of my posts featured on a parenting website and their newsletter
– Had a PR ask me to help promote their client’s product
– Had someone from advertising offer to pay me for ad space;
– And I will soon be a columnist for a mum’s website.
If I had given up, I would not have reached any of those achievements. Instead, I CHOSE to believe in my abilities.
Life isn’t about winning competitions, it’s NOT about being the best at what you do; it’s about picking yourself up after you’ve fallen. The path to your accomplishments can sometimes go off track, but that doesn’t mean that you should give up.
The most challenging things in life are always the most rewarding. And if you give yourself the chance to test your capabilities, you will see that giving up is the very last thing that you should do. Don’t ever give up… on your dreams or on yourself.