Never Give Up: 5 Strategies To Keep Going & Guarantee Your Success
Around 7 years ago, there was one person in my secondary school who loved to dance.
He was a somewhat smart kid, friendly guy, a little shy (like me), but he loved to dance.
His passion was dancing, nothing but dancing.
School shows, he would dance with a few other friends who also liked to dance, but never had the same passion for it.
They'd come second place and none of them ever danced again.
However, one person still persisted and didn't let a small inconvenience like coming second faze him.
People laughed, they told him dancing won't get him anywhere.
They told him that he's not going to have a career dancing and that he might as well stop.
With all that said, he still pushed forward, posting content on Instagram, dances, highlights, out in public like no one was watching.
People made fun of him, but deep down I felt motivated - how can he do this? How does his confidence uplift him?
To no one's surprise, his content was not getting views, was not getting noticed but he kept posting.
Not long after the platform TikTok came out, he started to post his videos on there too.
Today, he is at over 500,000 followers on TikTok and has been recognized by celebrities around the world.
It took 7 years of dedication and work to reach this point, but he was happy to do it all the way through.
A few days ago I sat down and I really thought to myself.
To be successful, there is only one thing you truly need to master.
That is the art of not giving up.
If you don't give up, you'll eventually succeed - there's no other way about it.
You don't need to be the brightest, you just need to be the last alive.
As long as you're the last player remaining you're going to win.
You're going to start a business and realise you don't know anything about it.
You're going to need to learn along the way, you're going to fail many, many times, and you're going to need to just fight through it.
When you don't give up, you give yourself room to retry, to learn from your mistakes, and make sure that the next try will be better than the first.
Every failure is an opportunity to relearn what you thought you knew.
However, it's never as easy as it sounds.
In my article on why 90% of startups fail, the biggest reason I mentioned was giving up.
Giving up is always the easiest choice after a staggering loss - it's easier than retrying, it's easier than relearning, it's easier than facing the fear of failing again.
The reason people fail is not that they don't know what to do, it's because they don't know how to keep going.
Never giving up, although simple, is an entire skill on its own that requires mastery.
In this article, we're going to talk about how you can master the skill of never giving up in order to see levels of success wildly beyond your imagination.
What is your WHY?
One of my most popular articles is the article about finding your WHY.
For good reason too.
Finding your WHY can be the single most powerful motivator that keeps you going.
So what is a WHY? More specifically, what is your WHY?
Your WHY is very simply the reason you do what you do, the reason for your being, the reason for wanting to achieve your dreams and goals.
Your WHY is the guiding light that every entrepreneur needs in the face of failure, when nothing seems to be working, your WHY will remind you why you're here.
In order to never give up, you'll need a powerful WHY that keeps you motivated enough to face anything.
WHY is it worth enduring the pain and hardship now?
What is the result, what is the single most important thing to you?
Let me tell you now, your WHY is not going to be wanting to be rich, it's not going to be wanting to make have freedom.
Money and freedom are only the vehicles of a higher goal.
What will more money do for you? What will more freedom do for you?
Will it give you a chance to live a happy and peaceful life with your family where financial ruin is never a problem again?
Will you have the time and the resources necessary to make your parent's dreams a reality?
Will you be able to take your family around the world to experience the wonders Earth has to offer?
You see how these are a lot more powerful than something like 'I want to make a million dollars per year?'
Sit down and think about what is really important to you, think about an impact you want to make, on your family or the world.
Again, you'll want to read my article on getting crystal clear on your WHY, to fully make this happen.
Your WHY ensures that you never give up - giving up only means that you're giving up on the people who are a part of your WHY.
What is your vision?
Another extremely popular article on my blog has been the one about creating a powerful vision board.
The WHY and your vision usually go hand in hand.
Your WHY, the reason you do what you do, will keep you going to achieve a vision higher than any one person.
What do you want to see come to life, what's your vision for the world?
To go a step further, you'll want to make sure that your vision is laid out clearly on a vision board.
When you're able to see your vision, you'll be naturally more motivated.
Every day when I wake up, I've got canvases, I've got things around my room that motivate me.
When I go downstairs to start working, my laptop and Google are all decorated with my vision board to help remind me where I'm heading.
When you see the vision you're working towards, it becomes a lot easier to face struggle and therefore becomes easier to never give up.
I know there are many people who dislike Grant Cardone, however, there is one thing he always says that pushes me.
In his book, 'The 10X Rule,' which I highly recommend reading, he mentions how you're not selfish for wanting more, you're selfish for not wanting more.
There are people who you owe, your parents, your family, friends, loved ones.
People depend on you, and so giving up or not thinking big enough is not only a disservice to yourself but to those people too.
Creating a vision board can take a few hours but it would be the most beneficial few hours you spend.
Those few hours will transform your life for the better.
Remember, the more you see your vision, the better the chances it will come to fruition.
The better your chances of not giving up.
Challenge yourself daily
Whilst reading 'Atomic Habits,' there were lots of lessons that I had picked up, beneficial lessons too.
I wrote some of my articles based on what I learned throughout the book.
Another one was about the 'One Reading Habit That Can Change Your Life.'
However, aside from those lessons along with a bunch more, there was one lesson that stuck out like a sore thumb, one lesson that I think everyone should know.
That lesson is about effectively challenging yourself.
You see, as humans, we often get bursts of energy and motivation that make us want to change our lives.
You might stumble across a YouTube video, feel motivated, then set out to really make a difference.
We set really high goals:
- From eating Mcdonald's 3 times a week to eating meal preps 7 days a week
- From watching YouTube and gaming all day to working 10+ hours on a business every day
- From sleeping at 4am to sleeping at 10pm
- From waking up at 1am in the afternoon to waking up at 6am in the morning
A lot of people set goals like these and then immediately lose motivation and give up after not following up on their goals.
That is because those are not goals, but unrealistic challenges.
Humans are really bad at setting realistic goals - we barely ever hit them and so we feel demotivated and give up once we face reality.
Setting SMART goals is the easiest way to build up consistency towards a good habit.
From the book 'Atomic Habits,' the lesson I learnt was that your goals should be approximately 4% harder than your limit.
For example, if you're a runner, your 100-meter sprint time might be 10 seconds long.
Your goal should not be to bring that down to 7 seconds, it's near impossible and will only lead to demotivation, depression, and giving up.
Your goal should only be 4% better than your limit.
That means you should aim to bring that down to 9.6 seconds.
Not only will this challenge you, but it will also keep you motivated to reach the goal.
When you achieve this, you'll enjoy reaching for your goals a lot more, and you'll never give up.
Success is never a straight line from start to finish.
Success is more like a multi-dimensional maze, a journey that never truly ends, but only starts to get clearer the farther you go.
Therefore, going into the maze and expecting to come out unscathed is the easiest path to giving up.
To be able to succeed, you'll need to be at peace with the fact that failure is going to be part of your journey.
I've failed dozens of times.
I've failed over 6 big projects/ideas in the past year to two years.
- I failed my first ever business when I thought that I was going to get rich from dropshipping.
- I failed to become a trader in the foreign exchange markets.
- I failed to become a real estate investor.
- I failed to build a clothing brand.
- I failed at building Condensr - an app that summarises books and wanted to change the world's access to knowledge.
- My biggest failure was my marketing agency - something I had dedicated almost a year to went down the drain.
However, every single time, I managed to rebound and move on to something bigger, something better.
The reason I gave up on those businesses was not the acceptance of defeat, but the acceptance that it was the wrong business at the wrong time.
I accepted that this is not the end of that journey, but the start of something else.
I still have plans to build a clothing brand, I still have plans of investing in real estate, I still believe e-commerce is a great opportunity, and I still want to help other businesses through an agency that I own.
All of that will come once Hawk Prospecting is successful.
You'll want to read my article on signs it's time to quit on a business venture.
That is completely different from giving up on your dreams and aspirations.
The point is that you'll try a lot of different things, but you need to understand that a lot of those will not end well.
A lot of what you do will lead to disappointment, so stay strong, keep persevering, switch lanes if you need to but don't give up.
Find a community
The loneliest path is the path of an entrepreneur.
We're often misunderstood, we've got something that others just don't see.
The thing that is so clear in our minds is invisible to the naked eye.
Finding others like you is one of the best ways to never give up.
When you're around others, you'll get to see how an entrepreneur's life really is.
It's not sunshine and rainbows like social media make it out to be, you're not swimming in money, but more like in challenges.
When you find a community, you find people who understand the thing that you see.
You'll see that you're not alone, you'll realise that there are others who are going through similar journeys, similar struggles and that everything you face is part of the process.
A community brings a sense of belonging, makes it easier to cope with your problems, and know that there are people you can talk to.
You know there are others who will understand you, heck, there are even others who are at the same stage as you.
Connect with those people, talk to them, uplift each other.
Share your successes, share your failures, share your lessons.
the community will help guide you.
Entrepreneurship is a journey that shouldn't be traveled alone - enjoy it with others, embrace it as a community.
The community will be the best place for you to go to never give up.
They'll motivate you, they'll challenge you, and they'll make you feel like you belong.
This article on networking might be a good start.
That is how you never give up.
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