“Don’t give up; don’t ever give up!” Millennials at the older end of their generation were about 12 or 13 years old when Jim Valvano shared these inspirational words 20 years ago during his speech at the 1993 ESPY Awards. Many millennials weren’t even born yet. These memorable words from the former NC State coach still somehow serve as a mantra for millennials.
“We’re throwing in the towel” or “it’s time to wave the white flag” are quotes that I remember hearing as a kid in regards to giving up on something. The millennial perspective is an interesting one in that they don’t believe in “waving the white flag”.
What I find refreshing and encouraging about my experience with millennials is that when something doesn’t seem to working out for them, they don’t change the goal; they just change the approach.
Because millennials have become accustomed and conditioned to getting feedback and results quickly, it can sometimes be challenging and/or frustrating to stick with a plan over a period of time before taking a new approach. This is where I will challenge some of my millennial friends and colleagues.
Your determination to win and ability to take a multifaceted approach to problem solving is a mindset that will continue to serve this generation well and greatly benefit the generations to follow. I encourage those of you who find yourselves frustrated with little to no results early on in your process to believe in yourself and trust your process.
Sometimes problems will cloud your judgment.
When problems come up, you have to learn how to focus on your promise and not your problem. Don’t allow problems to block your perspective and quickly re-route you and take you off course.
Progress isn’t always obvious my friends, but that doesn’t mean that its not there.
Set milestones and small success measures to give you doses of encouragement along the way. Also make sure you set realistic timelines and stick to them. The last thing you want to do is abandon an approach just before the breakthrough was about to occur and prolong your victory.
I’m blessed to have an amazing life and am living out my dream. On my journey to success, people have told me that the amount of time and energy that I put into my dream was ridiculous. But I once heard a man say that sometimes being victorious requires the ridiculous.
Your road to success will require a lot of patience, resilience, faith and discernment. But whatever you do, don’t ever give up.
“You may be the only person left who believes in you, but it's enough. It takes just one star to pierce a universe. Never give up.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich