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


12 thoughts on “I DIDN’T GIVE UP

  1. Great post! And exactly what I needed to hear during a study break. Definitely think we all need a little bit of reminding that if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again!

  2. Love this! I have been learning to drive for ages now an everyone’s like oh really your still learning! 🙄 only starting to get there now so I understand that frustration! On another note I try to put as much as I can into my blog an social media. I work full time so I have little time to dedicate and I’m always hoping people like it. X

    1. Literally ignore those people, don’t let it get to you because at the end of the day, when you do pass (very soon, hopefully) they’ll forget all about how long it took because it never really concerned them, ygm? And I know what you mean, I’m at uni full time so it can be really hard, too! I’m sure people appreciate the time you put into it because it’s definitely not easy! Thank you for commenting xx

  3. Great motivational post! I feel like this is something that everyone needs to keep in the back of their minds at all times. You’re right never give up and keep trying esp if its something you really want. I like to think of it as, everything happens for a reason…for exmaple: maybe something in the moon and stars didn’t let you get the first call centre job because you would’ve had to endure a load of rude customers therefore life brought you over to this new place to which you love! I’m so glad that things ended up working out for you in the end! There is a silver lining 🙂

    xo, JJ

    1. This! I definitely agree with you, even when things don’t go the way we want them to, we’re being saved from something else that could have been really bad, thank you so much! I’m really glad you enjoyed reading & thank you for your comment! Xx

  4. I always tell myself that everything happens for a reason, and try not to let ‘failures’ get me down- they’re just learning curves and make for funny stories if nothing else! Sometimes I can forget this though and get upset when thing don’t go the way I’d like- thanks for reminding me that setbacks aren’t the end of the world!


    1. I completely agree with you, there are so many times I’ve done something stupid or ‘failed’ at something but it’ll always make the funniest story lol! Don’t get upset, it just means that something better is there waiting for you to come & open its door 😀 glad you liked it & thank you for your comment! Xx

  5. When things get tough the easiest option is often to just give up but I too believe persistence is key. Everyone should reach for their dreams because they are so achievable no matter how ambitious they are! I agree that sometimes it is the idea of rejection that scares people but for me rejection doesn’t bother me anymore. I often hear myself saying ‘ What’s the worst that could happen?’ and its always actually not that bad!

    Amina xx | http://www.AliandHer.com

  6. Love this post! It is such a good lesson to learn and something I think a lot of people struggle with. I think a lot of it comes down to control as well – because we don’t like rejection we try to control things to avoid dealing with it again, in essence, giving up!

    Love this post. I think I have just learnt something very valuable at a crucial time in my life so thank you for sharing!

    Emmie xo

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