Never, ever give up!

Posted by Freddy on Sep-24-2011

As I have mentioned in my previous blog, I am a person who is so very much inspired by Sir Winston Churchill. Colossal men like him write and re write history. All that we, ordinary mortals can do is to derive inspiration from their lives for our own personal betterment. Here is a very powerful instance where he inspired, perhaps a whole generation.

Sir Winston Churchill took three years getting through eighth grade because he had trouble learning English. It seems ironic that years later Oxford University asked him to address its commencement exercises.

He arrived with his usual props – a cigar, a cane and a top hat. As Churchill approached the podium, the crowd rose in appreciative applause. With unmatched dignity, he settled the crowd and stood confident before his admirers. Removing the cigar and carefully placing the top hat on the podium, Churchill gazed at his waiting audience. Authority rang in Churchill’s voice as he shouted, “Never give up!”

Several seconds passed before he rose to his toes and repeated: “NEVER GIVE UP!” His words thundered in their ears. There was a deafening silence as Churchill reached for his hat and cigar, steadied himself with his cane and left the platform.

His commencement address was over!

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