~   Advice from the oldest living couple. (via mmmony)

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.(Galatians 6:9)
At some point in the various journeys we  embark on in our lives, we get to a part where we feel like giving up.  Sometimes we give up before we even start and other times we give up  just before we are about to make that huge break-through that we have  been putting so much effort in to achieve. 
I have created this list of 22 reasons  why you should never give up and I hope that you will find it before you  give up, so that I can inspire you to keep going!
1-	As Long As You Are Alive Anything Is Possible The only valid excuse you have to give up is if you are dead. As long as  you are alive (and healthy and free) you have the choice to keep trying  until you finally succeed.
2-	Be Realistic The chance of mastering something the first time you do it is almost  non-existent. Everything takes time to learn and you will make mistakes.  Learn from them. 
3-	Michael Jordan Arguably the best basketball player of all time. He attributes his  success to all his failures. He just never gave up even when he knew he  had missed over 300 shots and had missed the  winning shot of the game  many times. Every time he got knocked down he got back up again.
4-	Lance Armstrong Lance was diagnosed with serious cancer that had spread throughout his  entire body. He had cancer cells the size of golf balls in his lungs.  Despite all odds he overcame the cancer and set out to win the Tour de  France 6 Consecutive years in a row.
5-	Muhammad Ali “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”. Muhammad Ali is one of the  best boxers the world has ever known. He suffered only 5 losses while  having 56 wins and was the first boxer to win the lineal heavyweight  championship three times. This is a guy who literally knows how to get  knocked down and get back up.
6-	The Man Who Created The Marathon Very long ago an Athenian herald was sent to Sparta to get help when the  Persians landed in Greece. It was said that he ran 240km in 2 days and  after that he ran 40km to announce the victory of the Greeks only to  collapse and die on the spot from exhaustion. If you ever feel like  things are difficult, imagine what it would be like to run 240km in 2  days. (Don’t try that because you might die from it, but use it as an  inspiration).
7-	Chris Gardner  – The Pursuit of Happiness Have you seen the movie “The Pursuit of Happiness”? It is based on the  life story of Chris Gardener, a man who went for the lowest of the lows  in an environment where most people would give up (no money, no job) to  the highest of the highs (A millionaire with his own investment firm).  If you ever think about giving up, watch this movie!
8-	Kanye West I’m pretty sure you have heard of the rapper Kanye West. Read his story.  He is a big inspiration for me and proves that you can go from having  very little to being among the most famous and respected people in the  world.
9-	Nelson Mandela Campaigned for justice and freedom in his South Africa. Spent 20 years  in jail for his opposition to apartheid. On release he healed the wounds  of apartheid by his magnanimous attitude toward his former political  enemies.
10- You Are Strong  You are stronger than you think. One little setback is not enough to  stop you from achieving your goals. Neither are 10 or 100 or 1000  setbacks.
11-	Prove Yourself You don’t want to be known as someone that is weak and gives up. Go out  there and prove yourself to the world and to yourself. You CAN and WILL  achieve what you set out to do. The only time you fail is when you give  up.
12-	Has It Been Done Before? If someone else can do it then so can you. Even if it is only one other  person in the world that has achieved what you have set out to achieve,  that should be reason enough for you to never give up.
13-	Believe In Your Dreams Don’t sell yourself short. In life there are going to be many people who  will try to bring you down and tell you what you want to achieve is not  possible. Don’t let anyone destroy your dreams.
14-	Your Family and Friends. Let the people you love and who mean the world to you be your  inspiration to persist and persevere. Maybe you need to try a different  angle, study more or practice more but don’t give up!
15-	Because I Tell You To. Not that I am any sort of guru or Godly figure, but if you want to give up then don’t. Just because I’m telling you not to.
16-	 There Are People Worse-Off Right now there are many people who are in a worse situation and  environment than you are right now. Are you thinking about giving up  running 5 miles a week? Think about the people who are unable to even  walk and how much they would give to be able to run 5 miles every day.
17-	Improve Our World When you achieve whatever you set out to achieve you can use your  success to make a difference to the world or other peoples lives.
18-	 Get Rich or Die Trying Like Fiddy (50 cent) says, “Get rich or die trying”. 50 Cent is rich, he  made it (although he did get shot 9 times). Face your fears and don’t  take the easy way out by giving up.
19-	Let The Haters Hate There will always be haters. There will always be plenty of naysayers   and people who try to tear you down. Don’t pay attention to them and  don’t take what they say to heart. Let the haters hate and you keep  believing in yourself.
20-	You Deserve To Be Happy Don’t ever let anybody tell you otherwise. You deserve to be happy and  you deserve to have success. Keep that mindset and never give up until  you reach your destination!
21-	Inspire Others Be an inspiration to others by refusing to give up. Who knows what  someone else can achieve because you never gave up and in turn inspired  them not to give up.
22-	You Are So Close Often when you feel like you want to give up and you are about to give  up you are so close to making a huge break-thru. Seth Godin has written  an awesome book about this called “The Dip” – a riveting read that  teaches that at any given time you are always just a heartbeat away from  success.

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