Do your employees, children, or YOU need help with motivation?

Welcome to the club. We all need the belief that we can — so that we will. Otherwise, during the most difficult times, we will, as most do, simply give up. And what if you were meant to do great things? I believe we all have a big reason to have been created, yet most never get to the end game because we never try, or give up.

But read on for some inspiration. It helps me; maybe it will help you, your employees, or even your children. If this article helps just one person, I am delighted.

Steven Spielberg

His cinematic output has grossed more than $9 billion and brought him three Academy Awards. Still, he was rejected TWICE by the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.
As their way of saying, “Oops, I guess we were wrong about you,” the school built a building in honor of Spielberg.

He didn’t give up!

Thomas Edison
In what might be at once the most discouraging statement and worst teaching practice of all time, Thomas Edison was told by his teachers he was ‘too stupid to learn anything.’
Edison went on to hold more than 1,000 patents, including the phonograph and practical electric lamp. Death most likely spared his teachers the ignominy of their incorrect assessment.

He didn’t give up!

Walt Disney
Can you imagine your childhood without Disney? Well, it could easily have been if Walt had listened to his former newspaper editor. The editor told Walt he ‘lacked imagination and had no good ideas.
Disney’s take on failure:
“I think it’s important to have a good hard failure when you’re young… Because it makes you kind of aware of what can happen to you. Because of it, I’ve never had any fear in my whole life when we’ve been near collapse and all of that. I’ve never been afraid.”
If you feel like giving up, remind yourself of what Disney said.  Oh yes, and think about it. I know I should have put Walt Disney’s photo here.  Sorry’bout’that Walt. But I had to make a point here. A MOUSE?  A disgusting mouse?  Who would’ve thought!  Whatever your idea, don’t think it is crazy.  Walt didn’t!

He didn’t give up!

Albert Einstein
His name is synonymous with intelligence, yet it wasn’t always that way for Albert Einstein. As a child, he didn’t start speaking until he was four, reading until he was seven, and was thought to be mentally handicapped.
He went on to win a Nobel Prize and altered the world’s approach to physics. Although, I guess he was just thinking of the right thing to say for those first four years…

He didn’t give up!

There are more. Many more. You see, I know people can do far more than they believe. It’s a mindset.

There are many naysayers out there, probably not bad people. They just don’t know your capabilities. You don’t even know, so keep going! Fall down? Join the club. Get up. Keep going!

As for me, I’m writing a book about decision-making, and this book is more difficult than I thought. But I know I can, so I will!

I will NOT give up!

Hold me accountable! Believe in me.  I believe in you!

Whatever you want, whatever is in your heart, don’t give up! Make a difference.   Or as Nike, said, just do it!


“Believe in yourself, in your vision for your future, and in your ability to take a small step each day toward achieving your vision.”
– Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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