If It Takes 2, 10 or 47 Attempts, Never Give Up On Achieving Your Goals!
Never give up in your quest to achieve your goals! It may take you 2, 10, or in the case of Mr. Maxcy D. Filer, 48 tries to bring it to fruition.
Mr. Filer’s goal was to pass the California State Bar exam which would enable him to be able to go to court. He took it the first time and failed. He then took it again and again—one to two times per year thereafter for a total of 48 tries. Wow—wouldn’t you agree that, that was truly saying a lot about his drive and passion to succeed. No matter the defeats he faced on prior attempts, he keep at it—apparently, defeat and not succeeding was not an option for him. He could have given up on any of those prior attempts, and had he done so, he would not have reached the finish line. But you know what, he didn’t and he wasn’t going to let anything get in the way of him prevailing. You can read the entire story here: http://articles.latimes.com/1991-05-31/local/me-2739_1_test-bar-exam.
I’m sure Mr. Filer probably had a strong supporting cast around him who gave him words of encouragement and urged him on when he was not feeling energetic. We need people like that in our lives as well. In addition, we should resolve to be that type of person to others who have us in their close circles as well. I can certainly recall having people like that who urged me on at various points in my life as I sought to achieve my goals. And of course, I strive to take advantage of those opportunities that I have to be a source of encouragement to others as well.
Also, I can’t help but wonder if he also had to deal with detractors and naysayers. You know, those who, thinking they were helping, who tried to encourage him to throw in the towel and give up. With so many unsuccessful attempts, one could imagine that he probably had some. But one thing is for sure, if they did exist in his life, he didn’t allow their influences to sway him from pressing onward. I have certainly had people like that in my life from time to time, perhaps you have as well. But like Mr. Filer, our prevailer mindset must take precedence when faced with such situations. We can’t allow others to have the type of influence on us that would talk us out of pressing forward and completing our journey to greatness, especially when we know that it is attainable with the right amount of focus and resolve. This reminds me of some great lines from the movie, “The Pursuit of Happyness”. The father, played by Will Smith, said to his son,
“Hey… don’t ever let somebody tell you that you can’t do something. Not even me. You got a dream you’ve got to protect it. People can’t do something themselves they wanna tell you that you can’t do it. You want something go get it. Period…”
I will close by saying this…I applaud Mr. Filer! He had a goal for his life and he didn't let anything or anyone get in the way of achieving it. He didn’t let anyone tell him that he couldn’t do it. Rather, he put in the work year after year and because of his tenacity and not giving up on his dream, he got that which he sought! He is a true prevailer and a big inspiration to all who are striving to achieve goals in their own lives.