Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.
– Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill can say this with some authority. After all he was a washed up ex-British Prime Minister after the Second World War.
Although he led Britain, and in some ways the world, through an extremely turbulent time, he eventually lost his position as Prime Minister.
But did he fade away?
Despite the fact that he failed to retain his position, and everyone thought his career was clearly in it’s dying days, he managed to make a comeback and regain his position.
He failed, and yet he came back.
He didn’t fade away.
He didn’t give up.
It’s not an easy task to become Prime Minister of Britain once. But to lose office and then reclaim it at the age of 76 can’t be easy either…
Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.
– Winston Churchill
Again, he can say this with some authority as his life is an example of living this quote.
He must have found it difficult. He must have felt humiliated after his defeat.
Part of him must have wanted to just give up and move on. But another part of him wanted to have another shot at it. And that was the part that he listened to.
When you face a challenge, which voice do you listen to? The one telling you to give up because it’s too hard and you’ll never make it?
Or the one telling you to carry on because you just might succeed?
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