There are times when we’re faced with adversity that it feels like giving up is the easiest option. No matter how bad things seem, remember, don’t ever give up. When you throw in the towel without exhausting every option and possibility, you’re selling yourself short. Use this one man’s story of determination to give you renewed hope when things get rough.
Jimmy Valvano, the late coach of The North Carolina State Wolfpack basketball team, was asked after his team had just upset the heavily favored University of Houston Cougar basketball team to win the NCAA Basketball Championship in 1983, why his team was able to win, and he replied “Because we believe that you should never give up!” No matter what the odds, no matter what the obstacle, no matter how much others might doubt, you need to believe in yourself, know that you can do it and then be relentless in the pursuit of that objective. Never Give Up!
Interestingly, Jimmy V. was later diagnosed with inoperable cancer, but because of beliefs, because of his values, because of his passion, he was able to live his life fully, each and every day for the remainder of his life. He became a motivational speaker, founded the Jimmy V. Foundation which has raised millions of dollars in the fight against cancer, and brought dignity and respect to himself, his family, his causes and his passions. He became even larger in death than he was in life simply because he refused to be conquered, he refused to let circumstances dictate how he would live his life.
His story should be an inspiration to all of us. Don’t let obstacles get in your way. If you believe you can help someone, consider it criminal malpractice if you don’t do everything in your power to provide that help. Whether, today, tomorrow, the next day, the next week, the next month… Never Give Up.