My 5 year old grandson Findlay came home with a certificate from school the other day. Now when your grandson gets any sort of recognition it’s a real proud moment for Grandad. For this hardened businessman this was a bit special though. It was a certificate for ‘never giving up’. Wow, I was so proud I got in touch straight away to tell him exactly how proud I was of him. Well done also to the school for recognising achievements from personal qualities as well as academic ones. Sure as hell beats the scores out of 10 or the colour of stars we used to get back in my primary school time.
I have a long career, working in, leading, creating and sometimes rebuilding teams and this particular quality was always the first one I would like to have amongst my team mates every time. There is a huge body of knowledge on Teams to guide you through the characteristics of what makes up your high performing team, but sprinkle a little bit of the ‘never give up’ magic dust on them all and your team will go a long way to achieving its goals.
It got me musing over the truisms you pick up over the years. Now I confess to being the first one to roll my eyes at the many quotes and truisms available on social media. I am not too sure sometimes if its insight or the third age that brings out the sceptic in me. I really do get it that someone reads something that ‘resonates’ at a particular moment. I don’t always get it that someone can feel so impacted by it that they feel the need to pass it on to all and sundry as though it’s some great new discovery. Still if it makes you happy then it’s important and a happy worker helps create a better workforce climate and gets better results etc….
That all said, I found a few quotes about never giving up that I kind of like (thanks here to the team at INC. Life ). If any of them make your day and give you or your team that extra get up and go you need today then this blog has been double worth it other than giving my grandson a big call-out. Here you go:-
“Don’t be discouraged – it’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock” – Unknown
“When you get in a tight place and everything goes against you, ‘til it seems as though you could never hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn” – Harriet Beecher Stowe
“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up” – Babe Ruth
“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated” – Maya Angelou
“Tough time’s never last but tough people do” – Robert Schuller
“Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all. – Dale Carnegie
“Remember that guy who gave up. Neither does anyone else” – Unknown
Have a great day and no matter how it goes – try hard not to give up.