Never Giving Up
Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mike Zuckerberg—they all have something in common: They never give up. These three people—and so many more—have an extraordinary talent of grit, perseverance, and responsibility. They got to where they are today because they never gave up.
Never giving up may, in the long run, come with victory or achievement. In December last year, I played at USIDPC (United States International Duo Piano Competition) with my friend Alissa. I went through many hardships: Injuring my wrist skiing, dropping and cracking my phone just moments before our performance, and waiting for a shuttle bus that eventually never came in the freezing cold of Colorado winter. I had to endure all of these obstacles in order to win USIDPC. Pieces I played, practiced, and performed prior would have all gone to waste if I had given up.
Everyone has to face obstacles—it’s just how we deal with them that defines our grit and perseverance. Anton Nel, for example, is perhaps one of the greatest pianists of all time. As a child, he slipped up badly at a concert. For a child prodigy like Anton, it was demoralizing to make such mistake. He then vowed to never again make an error, and has worked unbelievably hard to achieve that today.
But sometimes success is not the only outcome out of hard work. In WWII, 60 million men and women died—nearly all of them fighting for a cause they believed in. Sam Houston, once the president of Texas in 1836, wanted Texas to follow the United States Constitution. No one supported him, even though he was once one the most respected man in Texas.
The greatest people are not who are just successful, wealthy, or prosperous, but those who have reached rock-bottom, acknowledged their mistakes and failures, been through tough times and difficulty, and worked their way to the top by never giving up.
I decided to post this composition because I spent a considerable amount of time writing and revising it. Since the first draft, I’ve incorporated more imagery and voice. I’ve also added additional detail to my piece. Switching out and deleting words that I had used too often helped the essay be less repetitive and redundant—allowing readers to perhaps lose less interest.