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There is enough negativity flying around to choke a jackass or an elephant for that matter. With the coming election (like every election) we are told by many politicians that the world will come to an end unless, of course, they get elected. It makes you feel just like giving up. But I refuse to give up and I refuse to be a negative person. Instead of giving up, I say give in. Yep! Just give in to the yea-sayer that lives deep in your heart. It may be the nay-sayers of the world that get all the attention, but in the end, the yea-sayers always get the prize. Being a yea-sayer helps you to stay focused on not giving up, and there are many reasons not to give up. The 573 Magazine works hard to lift up and inspire our readers. I’m not a perfect person and I’m not a bad person. I’m just a regular person-like all the rest. But nevertheless, as the editor, every time I print my positive thoughts in this magazine I get plenty of emails. Ninety-nine percent of the feedback is well-wishing and positive; others are giving me the what for. They comment on things like, “Why should anyone care what you think,” or “You are only making me feel bad by being positive when really there’s no hope,” or “You don’t have my problems...” I can tell you I spend a lot of time responding to those letters—each and everyone—because I truly believe it is important to never give up and I truly believe you can fulfill your dreams. After all, you live in the greatest country on earth with every opportunity at your fingertips.

You are stronger than you can ever imagine, no matter what your situation. If you want something bad enough you have to face the setbacks and failures that are sure to get in your way. A simple failure cannot be the catalyst to stop you from achieving your dreams, neither can 10 setbacks or 100 failures or 1000 dishes of bad luck pie... NEVER GIVE UP.

I am oftentimes asked the question, “Who wants life to keep knocking them down only to struggle back to your feet to get knocked back down? What's the point?” To that, I say, “THAT IS THE POINT!” Getting knocked down is what life is all about. It’s how you handle the fall and your ability to stay in the fight that makes you who you are. (Remember: It’s not the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog.) If one person can do something, then you can do it, too. Get up. Get out there. Never give up.

Don’t sell yourself short. There are always going to be many people who will try to bring you down and tell you what you want to achieve is not possible. Don’t let anyone destroy your dreams. Never give in to the nay-sayer. They are always trying to bring you down to make themselves feel better. They gossip. They give their negative opinions. They don't like others to be happy.

I got a letter once saying that it’s just not true that you can grow up to be president. It’s not realistic and I shouldn’t keep telling people they could grow up to be president. He went on to say, “What if 10,000 7th-graders believe what you are saying? Are they all going to become president?” To that, I say no. Obviously, there will not be 10,000 Presidents. Just the ones who wanted it the most and the ones who refused to give up will get the chance to make it. A scarier thought is this: What if NONE of them believe they can be president?

Keep in mind that you continually examine your reasons for wanting something badly enough to not give up. It’s the not giving up combined with the yea-sayer spirit that WILL lead to success. If you set out to be president and along the way you become interested in archeology, then you become an archeologist. If you set out to become president and decide the effort is too great and the journey is not desirable enough, then you can use what you’ve learned, and move into a new interest. You simply choose to say yes to something else. But if you truly want to be President, you truly can. You may have to possess the right skills and you may have to do things you don't like, but the opportunity still exists. And truth be told, most presidents really don't get the “I want to be the president itch” until they'er forties.

You see, the yea-sayer is so excited and turned on about life that they use their imagination and “just do it”. It’s in the doing and failing where they get the experience and tough skin that keeps them going until they can reach their goal.

You have some financial distress. Never give up. You come from a broken family. Never give up. You suffer from depression. Someone always has it worse. Never give up. Your health is bad. It will either get better or this day is as good as it going to get. Never give up. You need a better job. Start looking. Never give up. You’re getting older with no great future? Get back to school. Never give up. You have no support system. Find some. Never give up. You think there is nothing to hope for. There is. Never give up.

AS LONG AS YOU ARE ABOVE GROUND ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. Keep fighting. Keep fighting. Keep fighting. Never give up.

By t. smugala - editor


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