Never Give In, Never Give In, Never Give In

Got Hope?

Winston Churchill wrote: Never Give In, Never Give In, Never Give In at a point in British history when all seemed lost. The Brits were up against the Germans, they were starving and loosing and the Americans were not yet in the war. Yet, his words gave the British the strength to fight on. His words had power and provided the impetus to continue the fight when all seemed lost. In the end, as we all know the Germans lost, the British were on the winning side and life went on. But, at the time that he said those words that outcome was but a hope, a wish and a prayer. When all is lost, the one thing that matters, the one thing that will make the difference between winning and losing is tenacity and hope.

How many people have given up right before the Yes answer, after a thousand No's, how many people would have seen the answer to their dreams if only they had tried one more time, waited one more month or explored one more avenue. There are countless examples of successful people who were rejected over and over and over again yet kept trying and prevailed.

  • The first book that Dr. Seuss wrote was rejected by 27 publishers
  • A newspaper editor fired Walt Disney because “he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” Disney declared bankruptcy several times before he built Disneyland, which was rejected by the City of Anaheim the first time he proposed it.
  • After his first audition, the casting director told Sidney Poitier to “stop wasting people's time and go out and become a dishwasher or something." Poitier resolved at that moment to devote his life to acting.
  • Thomas Edison: When a boy, his teacher told him he was too stupid to learn anything. As a child he was gifted but was too disruptive for his school. As a result he was forced to leave school and his formal education ended at an early age. Those who knew him considered his crackpot ideas to be "crazy". He tried more than 2,000 experiments before he created the first successful light bulb. Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931) America's most prolific inventor was granted 1,093 patents by the U.S. Patent office, more than anyone else--yet they included such duds as a perpetual cigar, furniture made of cement and a way of using goldenrod for rubber.
  • Abraham Lincoln had 12 major failures before he was elected president of the United States. When he was 22, he failed in business. When he was 23, he ran for the legislature and lost. When he was 24, he failed in business again. The following year he was elected to the legislature. When he was 26, his sweetheart died. At the age of 27, he had a nervous breakdown. When he was 29, he was defeated for the post of Speaker of the House in the State Legislature. When he was 31, he was defeated as Elector. When he was 34, he ran for Congress and lost. At the age of 37, he ran for Congress and finally won. Two years later, he ran again and lost his seat in Congress. At the age of 46, he ran for the U.S. Senate and lost. The following year he ran for Vice President and lost that, too. He ran for the Senate again, and again lost. Finally, at the age of 51, he was elected President of the United States.
  • Winston Churchill failed the 6th grade. As a young man, his father concluded that Winston was “unfit for a career in law or politics” because he did so badly in school. Winston Churchill did not become prime minister of England until he was 62, and then only after a lifetime of defeats and setbacks. His greatest contributions came when he was a senior citizen.
  • Woody Allen, Academy Award-winning writer/producer/director, flunked motion picture production at New York University and the City College of New York and failed English at N.Y.U.
  • Colonel Sanders of Kentucky Chicken fame was 65 when he started selling chicken door to door. Prior to that he had tried and failed at a myriad of things, his personal life was in a shambles and he was on the brink of suicide. One thing he knew how to do was cooking chicken. Finally, he took his chicken to restaurant owners and was rejected 1009 times before he heard his first yes and the rest is history!

What if they had given up at any time up until that point? They say to the victor goes the spoils but I say to the tenacious goes the spoils. Those that never give up increase their odds of success just by trying more often. It doesn't mean that they are any more talented than you, or any more lucky than you, it just means that they've increased the odds that someone, somewhere out there will say yes. I say that if you want something badly enough you will try until you can't try any longer.

I have a favorite movie called "The Untouchables" in that movie Sean Connery asks Kevin Costner, "what are you prepared to do?" when it came to his war against organized crime. I often ask myself that when it comes to New York City. My desire is to stay in New York, right now the unemployment rate is at an all time high, my rent is almost $1,000 more than my U.I. check every month and I have gained 30 pounds in a city where everyone (and I mean everyone) is thin. I force myself to run, I hate every single second of it and when I am running I ask myself "What Are You Prepared To Do?" to stay in New York City. It is burned into my mind. And that's not to say that I'm prepared to commit crimes (even if I knew how!) or to do unethical things to stay here but outside of that I ask myself that question. It keeps me going, it's like Churchill's Never Give In to the British people.

Now, I can't say that anything has happened for me yet, because it hasn't. I'm still living from hand to mouth, I still don't know if I'll have the rent money for next month and I still have 0% security. But, every morning I think about what I can do to stay here. I try new things, some seem to have success, some do not. But, who knows whether an idea will come to me tomorrow that will change everything, or if I will meet someone and they will need a person like me in their life or a really great position will open up and I will just happen upon it. Who knows what is just around the corner. The key is to keep alert, keep trying and keep asking yourself "What Are YOU prepared to Do?" in order to make your dreams come true? What if the day you give up would have been the day that you would have met the love of your life or the last attempt you made at submitting your manuscript would have been the one that was accepted or that last job interview that you would have gone on if you hadn't given up would have been the job of a life-time. If you give up you'll never know. Never give in, never give in, never give in and see what life has in store for you.

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pstraubie48 3 months ago from sunny Florida

If you give up you will never know....yes, you said it well. Keep on keeping on my Momma always said and I didn't get it until I was a bit older and wiser thanks to her.

Believing and hoping and persistence make it happen. Well said.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

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Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan Author

I'm glad I could be of some help, Elle64. I hope more than an orange falls into my turban!

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elle64 2 years ago from Scandinavia

You made my day, I needed that never give up. And go on you for staying in New. York. I hope so much a orange will fall in to your turban ,soon. Much love and blessings.

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Brie Hoffman 2 years ago from Manhattan Author

You are welcome, thanks for commenting.

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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

Perseverance is the only way to go. Thanks for reminding us and sharing this message today.

Hollander Price 6 years ago

Brie once again bravo! "We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed--always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body." 2 Cor. 4: 8-10

I always wanted to be an actor, but the way this country is going I don't know if I should

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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

It's pretty fascinating really. I mean I remember when I was young (17) and first became a Christian and first learned about biblical prophecy...and to see it unfolding in front of my very eyes is really something.

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foreignpress 6 years ago from Denver

Getting tough this time won't work. This country is being torn apart at the seams. What's behind this is the ultimate terrorist -- Satan. This country -- and the world -- will be reduced to the lowest common denominator and then rebuilt. And it's happening at lightning speed. I could be mistaken, but I think Obama is actually enjoying this.

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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

We should be getting very tough then!

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foreignpress 6 years ago from Denver

And now, the director of ICE, at Obama's direction, refuses to help Arizona in its battle against illegal immigration. Arizona is up against the wall as are so many Americans. It's interesting about Americans, though. The tougher it gets -- the tougher they get. Thanks for the hub. It should be a battle cry for a new generation.

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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Yeah well, they probably said the same thing to Jesus!

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Yo Momma 6 years ago

Finally something thats not associated with your Political and religeous views! You will seem much wiser if you stay out of those two arenas.

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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks for commenting CW2 Mike!

CW2 Mike 6 years ago

Never give up. Never surrender. ever.

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50 year old white guy 6 years ago


While you and I disagree on a few topics, this is one where I agree with you 100%. This is an excellent hub. All of us need words of encouragement at times. I truly wish you the best.

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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Schmanek: I'm so glad you wrote because it makes me feel good to help others.

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schmanek 6 years ago

I am at a very thin point in my existence and this hub has been found at just the right time.

One other story about a famous person who never gave up is Tony Hawk. In his biography he talks about when he first went out to skate as a child. Out of all his friends he was not the best skater when they began. But for three years he went out and fell down - I think that is how he put it. Of course we all know that he is the most well know name in skating. I wonder what the names are of those skaters who were is friends who were better than him but gave it up, anybody know their names?

"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race."

— Calvin Coolidge

Success is the icing on the cake of many layered failures-

Good hub! Thanks!

Robert 6 years ago

Never give up. Never give an inch. Stand for the things you believe in. Never complain. Never explain.

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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks for writing peacehim, this is one of my favorite hubs, I go back and read it myself for encouragement!

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peacenhim 6 years ago

Very Encouraging and uplifting!! Perseverance and tenacity....keys to success.

Thanks for the reminders and tips!

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Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan Author

It's a good place to be if you can get there!

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Everyday_mom 6 years ago

in Psalm 119: 81 David said " I long for You to rescue me! your word is my only hope"

Sometimes I also find myself holding on to this "one sting" of hope. Hope in the promise of God to rescue me.

David said in verse 46 "I trust them (God's teaching) so much that i tell them to kings"

David was basically sold out for God.

I wanna be like that too. I wanna be sold out for God's word. It is my only hope!

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Brie Hoffman 7 years ago from Manhattan Author

To Everyone who has commented in the last 2 months: For some reason my email notification was off so I wasn't notified when you wrote your comments. Thanks for commenting and I'm sorry I wasn't able to respond in a timely manner.

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lyricsingray 7 years ago

thoroughly enjoyed this. I thank you, kimberly

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cosette 7 years ago

thanks for the reminders. i know this is an older hub, but it's a great hub nonetheless. :)

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Brie Hoffman 7 years ago from Manhattan Author

You're very welcome..sign up as a fan and you will get my blogs automatically.

G2 7 years ago

...even if I am way behind in catching it.

G. 7 years ago

I ran across the link for your hub on CL, while trying to cure a case of mind-numbing boredom.

A timely word.

Thank you.

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Brie Hoffman 7 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks to both LondonGirl and Elena.

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Elena. 7 years ago from Madrid

Hi Brie! I loved this hub, I'm glad I followed LondonGirl here! :-) I love the way you close the article, so very positive! You made an instant fan! :-)

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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

fantastic hub - if at first you don't succeed, try, try, and try again.

(Unless you fancy sky-diving, of course)

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Brie Hoffman 8 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thank you Kristine, I get a lot of joy out of comments like yours.

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kristinemac 8 years ago from Michigan

Excellent reminders and hub. Thank you :)

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Brie Hoffman 8 years ago from Manhattan Author

Hi CW:

I saw that film a long long time ago, maybe it's time to see it again. Thanks for your comments they come at a much needed time.

CW 8 years ago

Great column, on one of my favorite themes. Reminds me of advice from the actor Robert Forster (Jackie Brown) which he gives in seminars (three big ideas in just nine words): 1. Forgive the past. 2. Produce excellence now. 3. Never give up. [Interesting choice of word, "forgive". That can mean many things, all worth doing. Let it go. Don't let your past burden you. It's about like a ghost.]

To that I'd like to add, Don't view your lack of success so far as a forecast of your future, because you are learning and changing - changing what you do, how you do it, what you offer to others, etc.

There's a great film, SO under-rated, The Edge, with Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin surviving in Alaskan wilderness. Great dialogue: 'What kills most people in this situation is not X, Y, Z... They die of shame. They're so hung up on berating themselves for what they did or didn't do in getting into this mess, that they fail to do the one thing that could save them: THINK.' Also: 'What one man can do, another can do.' Hopkins makes a shaky Baldwin keep repeating it like a mantra of bold will to survive. Have you seen this film Brie?

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Brie Hoffman 8 years ago from Manhattan Author

Thanks for the encouraging comment.

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majicat 8 years ago

Yes, I love the way you think. Down but not out!

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