Giving Up At the Threshold of Success By Ifeanyi J. Igbokwe

Shortly after college, I put in for a contract. I got interested in that contract considering the fact that a friend who was the project supervisor informed me that no one has been selected yet for that part of the project and partly because it was something I could handle very well, I gladly accepted. As it turned out, the owner of the project seemed to be interested in executing that aspect as part of the last phase. After submitting introduction letters and a wonderful catalogue of samples coupled with the fact that I visited the project site a few times, and in one of such trips was able to meet the boss who accepted my person and expressed interest in working with me. Having made my investigations properly, I discovered that he wasn’t the kind of man to take calls from people who he didn’t give his numbers and I decided against calling. I kept at it and even discussed cost with the boss and he accepted.

I was already putting every necessary mechanism in place to start the job the project manager who is my bosom friend left the job and being a very secure environment, I began finding access to the venue very hard and began to lose hope. A few more visits and I decided it was an effort in futility. Not long afterwards, something else took me to that very same location only to discover that someone else had done the project and rendered the quality of service that would not by any chance have borne any comparism with what I would have done. It was then regrets began to set in- I have given up too early on a contract that could have changed my life for better forever just because I felt it wasn’t forth coming.

Have you ever given up just before the breakthrough? Are you about to give up? You may have been through a lot. The journey may have been rough and discouraging. Many times hanging on may not make any sense at all, but hang on some more.

Is your marriage in a mess and you think giving up is the best option? Have they said you will amount to nothing and you are about to give up on yourself? Has life been harsh to you and you think giving up is the best thing to do? Or your career is in a mess and you think that that you can’t take it anymore? Just hold on some more. It may not make any sense but, hang on some more. You may have failed but you are not a failure. You may have disappointed everybody else but giving up would only double the problem.

To the poor kid out there being mentally bullied by his rich friends, to every young graduate out there without a job and wondering where to start from,  to the youth out there, left on his own to struggle and survive all by himself in a cold harsh world, to the single parent wondering where  to pick up the pieces from, to the one that has lost a dear loved one, to the one who had to sacrifice college education to take up a job to support his family, to the man that has lost it all, to the man who wants to but is unable to provide for his family yet, to the one lying on a sick bed without a reason to live, to the one who has lost all motivation, that thinks there is no more reason to continue in the fight, I am here to tell you that you can make it. You can make it if you don’t give up. You can because this is not the end of the road. You can because God has got your back. Yes you can, for this too shall pass. I know you can, because I believe in your dreams and I believe in you. I know you can because many people’s success depends on yours and I know you cannot afford to let them down. Oh yes you are not giving haters the privilege of mocking- not anymore. I know you can because I believe you will stand up and fight for your future. I know you can. I know you will succeed if you keep on keeping on. Keep at it a little longer and you’ll come back with smiles.

Ifeanyi J. Igbokwe is a peak performance expert, motivational speaker, consultant and an action coach with special interest with personal and corporate growth and effectiveness


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