Proverbs 24:10 “If you give up when troubles come, it just shows that you are weak.”
Failure is the path of least persistence. The problem is that often during trying times we stop trying. We give up.
If at first you don’t succeed, welcome to the human race. If at first you don’t succeed, you’re normal. Very few people make it on the first try. Oftentimes, we give up just when success is around the corner. It’s always too soon to quit. You’re never a failure until you give up. We often just give up too soon.
World class failures:
There was a guy, a general, who lost two-thirds of all the battles he fought in the American Revolution. George Washington. He won the war.
There was another guy who graduated 42nd out of a class of 43. Then he went out and conquered Europe. Napoleon.
There’s a guy who lost almost every election he ran for – 10 or 12 – until finally he was elected President. Abraham Lincoln. He lost more than he won.
Edison tried over 200 different elements before he figured out what was the right element to use in the light bulb. Over 200 failures before he had a success.
In 21 years, Babe Ruth hit 714 home runs but he struck out 1330 times. He struck out nearly twice as often as he hit a home run. He once said, “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from taking a swing.”
It’s always too soon to quit. The Bible says we need to stop making excuses, admit when it’s our fault and get on with life. I’ve discovered that people who are very good at making excuses are rarely good at anything else. They spend all their energy thinking up reasons why they can’t do what they’re supposed to do.