Don’t Give Up After The First Hurdle

don't give upDon’t give up! Not after the first hurdle, not after the second hurdle, not after any hurdles! Anything that is worthwhile can be accomplished – some how, some way. Problems and roadblocks are simply an opportunity to grow and learn, if you are willing to open your mind and rise to the challenge.

You have three options when you find yourself stuck. Give up (Hint: wrong answer), learn how to do what needs to be done, or find someone else who can do what needs to be done for you.


Option one, you can close your mind and give up. This turns any progress you have made so far into a waste of time. You will never know how close you were to getting it. You will feel defeated and ineffective. The worst part is, you will have a little less confidence when the next hurdle pops up. Doesn’t sound like a good time, does it? (Did I mention this is the wrong answer?)

Ideally, you will choose option two: learn how to do what needs to be done. There is always a way. You only can’t do something when you give up.

“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” – Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back


Don’t give up, there is always a way. If you can’t figure something out, then you need to learn how. Google it! Search Facebook! There has to be at least one other person out there somewhere in the world, who has been through the same situation and has solved the problem you are facing. Or at least their experience could shed some light, some insight into a possible solution.

My father used to say “Maybe you just can’t see the forest for the trees.” In other words, we can often get so bogged down with the details in front of us (the trees) that we lose sight of the bigger picture (the forest). Everything gets overwhelming and confused. Sometimes you just need to take a break for a bit. That may be an hour or two, it may be a week. Whatever time you need to clear your head. Come back with a fresh mind and a fresh perspective.

Your third option of course, is to find someone else who can do what needs to be done, for you. There is no shame in asking for help. I struggle with this often because I am introverted. I prefer to figure things out and get things done myself. Honestly, how can that not be more rewarding? However, if it means the difference between success or failure, even I am willing to admit that sometimes a little help is in order.

Besides, as we get busier and further along in building our business, it becomes impossible for us to do everything ourselves. We need to outsource the tasks we are not good at, and spend our time on what we do best. So maybe it is time to ask for help. If it pushes you through that challenge or roadblock that has you stuck, then go for it.

Don’t give up!


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