Today I have had one of those days where everything has just felt super hard and hopeless. It's so easy to think that it would be so much easier to just give up on your dreams and quit, give up and succumb to the monotony of the rat race. To give up on your aspirations to be more and to make a difference in the world BUT that is simply the stupidest possible course of action!
I am very lucky to have a friend that reminded me how good this TedTalk is. On the days when everything feels too much to cope with this is the talk to listen too...
'In the pitch-black night, stung by jellyfish, choking on salt water, singing to herself, hallucinating ... Diana Nyad just kept on swimming. And that's how she finally achieved her lifetime goal as an athlete: an extreme 100-mile swim from Cuba to Florida -- at age 64...'
What can we take from this talk?
Quite simply, that nothing worthwhile is ever accomplished by giving up. Nothing worthwhile is ever accomplished easily and nothing worthwhile is ever achieved instantly. There will be good days and there will be bad days. There will be easy days and there will be harder days. The moment you give up is the moment you choose to abandon your dreams and never ever reach your full potential.
Your dreams could take you a lifetime to achieve and when you do achieve them it's not so much about what you get but who you've become in the process of achieving them.
I once came across a quote that really resonated with me. It's what drives me to keep going - although sometimes I lose sight of this, i'm only human after all.
Success is simply down to your grit, determination and willingness to endure the hard times in view of the bigger picture.
Never, ever quit on the thing that you are passionate about. When it gets harder and you feel like quitting that's the exact moment you need to pick yourself up, give yourself a talking to and just FIND A WAY to make it work.