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It is not over until you win

Life is like a football match. We win some, we lose some. The beautiful thing about football is that it gives players an amazing opportunity to correct their mistakes. It is a 90 minutes game, where there is provision for extra time.

I have seen teams that started so badly but ended up winning even in extra time. It is a game where a few seconds can determine the outcome of a game. It is rare to see football players giving up on a game. They keep chasing and fighting until the referee blows the final whistle.

I watched a local football match at a school playing ground. As I sat down, I asked one of the boys what the score was. With a smile, he replied; “They are leading us 3-0”

And to be honest, he never looked like someone who was discouraged with the score. I asked him why he didn’t sound discouraged?  “Discouraged?” the boy asked with a puzzled look.

Why should I be discouraged when the referee has not blown the final whistle. I have confidence in the team and our manager; we shall win this game. it was one of the most inspiring words I heard from such a young boy. He should be around 14 or 15 years.

Truly, the match ended 5-4 in favor of the boy’s team. He waved at me gently, with a beautiful smile as he left; I was amazed, mouth wide open; Such confidence; Such awesome positivity. It was a turning point in my view about life.

As I got back home that night, his question kept coming back to me – “Why should I be discouraged when the referee has not blown the final whistle”

Life is like a football game. Why be discouraged, when there is still life. Why should I be discouraged when the final whistle has not sounded?

The truth is that many people blow the final whistle themselves. The desire to win isn’t there. They are defeated, even before the referee blows the whistle for the game to commence.

But as long as there is life, nothing is impossible and it is never too late for you.

Half time is not full time. There are still 45 minutes left, and games have been won in 10 seconds, left of extra time. On the 13th of May 2012, Manchester City made history when they won the Premier League title for the first time in their history.

It was a game where everyone expected them to win against Queens Park Rangers. Pablo Zabaleta gave City an early lead in the first half, and everyone was already in celebration mood at the Etihad. Unfortunately, Djibril Cisse of QPR capitalized on an error by defender Joleon Lescot to equalize for QPR.

Things turned from bad to worse when Jamie Mackie headed QPR into a 2-1 lead with time running out. With the game going into extra time, Manchester United had already defeated Sunderland at the Stadium of Light and was poised to be crowned champions.

It was a nervous time for fans who were watching in shock as the title was slipping away from the grasp of Manchester City. Five minutes of extra time and City had a corner kick quickly taken by David Silva. Edin Dzeko rose highest to head in the equalizer.

Two minutes before the extra time was up, Mario Balotelli stumbled in the QPR penalty area, but still managed to make a pass to Sergio Aguero. The City talisman did the incredible and scored the winner.

It was a lesson I had come to learn. Life gives us opportunities even when all hope seems lost. As individuals,  we must never give up until we win. Don’t blow the final whistle yourself.

Failure is an amazing teacher

Failure is an amazing teacher

Failure is a word that people hate to hear. If given the option, some we prefer to hear more about success, than failure. It is quite understandable, given the fact that failure is an orphan and success got loads of friends. What is not clear however, is the myth around this often stigmatized word.

What is failure?

It is the inability to achieve a set goal or target. It comes in different forms and shapes, depending on the standard the individual has set for himself. What an average individual may term a success, can be termed a colossal failure by someone who has raised his goals and expectations so high.

We learn from failure than we do from succeeding

This may sound very ambiguous, but when looked at deeply, it is very true. Most times in life, when we go through the wilderness of defeat, and bounce back to achieve a high level of success, the lesson learnt can never be easily forgotten. Secondly, we tend to become too complacent in life, when everything seems to be going on so smoothly.

Spain Learnt the hard way

Spain was an overwhelming favorite to lift the 2010 FIFA World Cup hosted by South Africa, after their amazing performance at EURO 2008. They had all the stars you can ever dream about. Gerard Pique, David Silva, Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Sergio Ramos, Xabi Alonso, and David Villa were just a few. The team was full to the brim with talent. Unfortunately, in the opening game against underdogs Switzerland, they lost 0-1 and it was a massive shockwave.

That defeat brought the Spanish team back to life. They had learnt their lesson and so began their onslaught. They brushed aside Honduras, Chile, Portugal, Paraguay, Germany and Netherlands to lift the coveted trophy for the first time in their history.

Sometimes in life, certain setbacks can become the beginning of amazing things in our life. There are always positives in every negative situation we encounter in life. We must not give up at every slight setback. The man who fails and later succeeds has more interesting stories to share than the one who never tasted failure all his life. Our past failures can become a source of inspiration to those struggling to come to terms with similar experiences.

Classical example of Abraham Lincoln

Today, we are always reminded of how Abraham Lincoln experienced several setbacks before he eventually became the 16th President of the United States of America in 1860. The story is a classical example of resilience, determination and a never say never attitude. If he had given up at the first setback, the story would have been different. He kept going, even when it was logical to stop and give up. A man who failed elections eight times and still kept on going must have something special inside him.

Failure humbles an individual more than anything one can ever imagine in life. When an individual has attained a certain level of fortune in life and setback sets him back to ground level, it can be very devastating. Such an individual will maintain a low profile and start reaching out to old friends he had previously abandoned. That is how powerful failure can be. An amazing teacher that humbles the proud and mighty.

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