Never Give Up!

Cut from his high school basketball team, he went and locked himself in his room and cried? 6-time NBA champion and 5-time NBA MVP Michael Jordan.

At age 11, he was cut from his team after being diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency, which made him smaller in stature than most kids his age? 3-time FIFA player of the year Lionel Messi.

At 30 years of age, depressed after being callously removed from the company he started? Co-Founder of Apple and Pixar Steve Jobs. 

Fired from his newspaper job for “lacking imagination” and “having no original ideas?” Walt Disney.

Rejected by Decca recording studios, major studio based in Britain, because “they didn’t like their sound” and thought “they had no future in show business?”The Beatles.

What is the common denominator? Persistence.

We all face criticism of other people’s opinions. Whether good or bad, only one thing drives our beliefs forward, persistence.

This year, people never thought a team such as the Houston Astros would be where they are today. Sporting a 76-65 record, they rank 4th in the American league. Just last month, Mike Fiers, an Astros pitcher with just a 2-1 record, would have never thought he would be only the 18th pitcher in Brooklyn/LA Dodgers history to throw a no-hitter against them. But, disregarding others’ opinions of him being a mediocre pitcher at best, he defied the odds and led Houston to a 3-0 win at Minute Maid Park.

Last year, when the New England Patriots started slow people said Tom Brady was finished and Bill Belichick should be fired, the Patriots once again finished atop the AFC East with a 12-4 record. However, after much disparagement and having to face the “mighty” reigning Super Bowl Champions the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX, all gave up on them. With 20 seconds to go an unlikely cornerback by the name of Malcolm Butler saw Ricardo Lockett’s feet turn towards the inside as he leapt for what is now known as the “Immaculate Interception.”

We all face criticism, good and bad, BUT one thing we cannot do is let those opinions belittle us and impede our belief in ourselves. We are our own creators and maintainers of self-worth and perspective. Rather than letting others dictate our decisions and progress, it is on us to determine how far we succeed. So, whenever you hear opinions from others, take them into consideration, BUT remember…

…YOU ARE ACCOUNTABLE FOR YOUR OWN DESTINY!

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