Never, Never Give Up!

by Cyrille Nzouda (Cameroon)

I thoroughly agree with the statement, “Never, never give up,” which means to keep trying and never stop working for your goals.  Who has made a mark in history without achieving a goal?  The determination with a spirit of resilience is the key to accomplishing an objective, regardless of how difficult it is, or in what condition you have to do it.  As a new immigrant, having left behind who and what you were before, you are facing difficulties of integration such as continuing your career, finding a new job through new approaches, learning a new language, learning about native lifestyle, and so on.  It is not easy, and sometimes it is a nightmare. Nevertheless, remember that history is built by people who realized their goals. Certain aspects of the lives of Steve Jobs and Nelson Mandela, which are discussed below, support my point of view.

Cyrille Nzouda

Cyrille Nzouda

First, let’s focus our attention on Steve’s life. During his commencement address at Stanford University in June 2005, he showed how hard he worked and the determination and love he needed to achieve his goal. At the age of 20, with his friend Woz, he created the Apple company. The heartbreak of his story is that after 10 years of running that business, he got fired from the company he started. Although it was difficult, he never gave up. He said: “I had been rejected, but I was still in love. So I decided to start all over.“ He never stopped. He said: “The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again.” And, during the next few years, he started a new company named NeXT, a company which became successful around the world, and was bought by Apple. Then, Steve returned to the company he started and became the CEO. He said: “Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.” Steve Jobs’ advice applies to many people, including you – new immigrants. Don’t give up, keep trying. Whoever you are and wherever you come from, you feel like you have lost all you have been. You face a new culture, new values, new lifestyle, and a new language – all that gives you a feeling of being lost. Keep your eyes on your goal and this new country is where your dream will come true.

Steve & Steve

Steve Jobs and Steve "Woz" Wozniak

Another proof of success with determination and resilience can be found in the life of Nelson Mandela. Trained as a lawyer, he joined the African National Congress to aid in its struggle against apartheid. Because he fought for freedom, he was arrested and spent 25 years in prison, between four walls, far from what his life was devoted to. But he never forgot his goal. Freed in 1990, he worked tirelessly over the next few years to negotiate an end to apartheid and minority rule. In May 1994, he was inaugurated as the first black President of South Africa. In his speech that glorious day, he said: “We have, at last, achieved our political emancipation.” This accomplishment came after more than 25 years of strong resilience and determination to defend the cause of freedom. He ended his speech by saying: “The sun shall never set on so glorious a human achievement!” He became the world’s most famous political prisoner. He never gave up and his dream came true. Yours could come true too if you share his love, determination, and resilience to become who you want to be and what you want to achieve.

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

The lives of Steve Jobs and Nelson Mandela are a confirmation that you should never, never give up.  You should keep trying and never stop working for your goal. Moreover, the person who gives up has never started. You will face issues such as language, lifestyle, and new values, which sometime go against your native values.  Stand up and hold your head high. You will overcome one day. That is the key to success.

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