I was watching Planet Earth II the other day.
Attenborough was describing how most lion hunts end in failure.
But that does not mean they give up.
For them it will mean death if they do, so they don’t really have a choice.
Thankfully, most of the time, we do. Our situations and predicaments are never so urgent or dire as to be life or death scenarios.
That is good of course, but not from a motivation point of view.
It is harder to continue doing something hard, especially when met with setbacks, if the consequence aren’t big.
Often the consequence for giving up for us is simply things staying the same – not very scary or dire.
But thinking differently can help.
This is what causes people to achieve incredible things.
You can achieve similar results too – everyone can – there is no doubt about that.
The only thing that stands in the way is our willingness to go on when faced with challenges.
The only thing that separates people who get shit done from the rest is drive and determination no matter what.
Lions are kings of the jungle not just because of their strength and speed – because they are neither the strongest nor the fastest animal in the jungle – but those combined with their determination.
Lions fail most of the time, but they never give up.
What does that say about what it takes to succeed?