Have you ever heard the phrases ‘persistence is key’ or ‘keep trying, you’re almost there’?
I know I have. And sometimes it seems like it’d be so much easier to accept defeat & just move on rather than try just one more time & see if you can do it (‘it’ being absolutely anything).
I’ve felt like this a few times, and for the times I didn’t give up, I’m so glad I didn’t, because I achieved success in those things & I’m extremely grateful for that.
Let me elaborate.
Did you know I have my driving license? Pretty cool, right. But do you know how much hard work, time & effort it took me to get there? It took me two years to get my driving license. But I did it. Sure, there were times I felt like I’d had enough. In fact, there were so many times where I felt like I’d never ever get the hang of driving & the idea of actually getting my driving license just seemed like something I’d never be able to do. But I carried on. My parents were soooo encouraging, especially during those times where I felt like giving up, and I don’t think I’d have been able to do it without them.
“It took me two years to get my driving license. But I did it.” – Tweet This
Another example: did you know I worked at Primark a couple of years ago? It was for a couple of months as a Christmas temp, but in that time I had so much fun & got to meet a lot of really cool people. But I didn’t get the job the very first time I applied. Oh no. I applied 7 times before I finally got the job. I was rejected 6 times, and by the 7th time I didn’t even think I’d get it, but I did get it. Because I didn’t give up.
“I applied 7 times before I finally got the job.” – Tweet This
We’re all so scared of rejection, but is rejection really that bad? Sometimes, someone saying ‘no’ just means that that thing wasn’t meant for you. Or sometimes, like I said, persistence is key. You can turn that no in to a yes, but you should know when to do it & when to accept it & look for something better.
A final example: a couple of years ago, my sister and I went to a group interview/presentation for call centre roles. A couple of days later we received phone calls for a telephone interview, and in the first few minutes were both told we were “too nice to work in a call centre”. Just a few weeks later, bam, we’d both gotten jobs in a different call centre. We absolutely loved working there and were told that we were two of the best staff members that they had and brought in so many customers. See what I mean about rejection? If we’d gotten down about the first role and believed we shouldn’t be working in a call centre, we never would have gotten the experience that we genuinely enjoyed.
At this point, you’re probably wondering why we enjoyed working in a call centre, but it was honestly a lot of fun! It was a smaller centre & everyone got on so well. Plus, I didn’t get any rude customers (thankfully!).
If you want me to write more on my driving journey/working in Primark/working in a call centre, let me know and I’d be more than happy to share my experience.
Oh, and lastly – Persistence is key. Keep trying. I promise you, you’re closer than you might think.
Has there ever been a time where you felt like giving up, but are glad you didn’t?
1 Week Mary x