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How many times should you try before you give up?

We try and we try and we try but something just doesn’t seem to work out. We don’t achieve that goal that we want to hit. So how many times should you try something before you give up? Well, the answer is really quite simple.

How many times should we try

How bad do you want it?

How bad do you want that thing that you’re going after? How bad do you want to lose the weight? How bad do you want to obtain the new position? How bad you want to achieve another rank in your business? How bad do you want to impress the person you’re trying to impress? Whatever your goal is, whatever your objective is, how bad you want it?

Do you really want it or do you just sort of want it? Are you interested or are you committed? Because if you’re committed you’re going to keep trying and you’re going to keep working until. Until what? Until you succeed.

Jim Rohn once said in one of his talks that I heard, “How long do we let a baby try to walk?” How long do we give a baby to learn to walk before we give up and say, ‘He’s never going to walk, he’s just going
to crawl?’ No. We encourage the baby to keep trying until they learn to walk.

It should be the same way with you. So don’t think about how many times you’ve already tried if things haven’t worked out, things have failed. You can always learn something from every failure. You can always “fail forward.” You can learn new things, discover new ways to attempt something. You can locate people that have done it before, who can help you.

So don’t give up. Don’t think about limiting yourself in terms of how many times you try something. Start taking the attitude “I’m going to do this until.”


About the author
Mark Arsenault is a John Maxwell Certified Speaker, Coach, and Trainer. He is the founder and Executive Director of Success Reentry Solutions, and he sits on the boards of two other nonprofits. Mark has studied, researched, written and spoken for more than fifteen years in the fields of history, business, corrections, and psychology. He’s been quoted in SUCCESS MagazineUSA TodayThe Wall Street JournalThe Washington Post and The New York Times. For more content including videos and articles to help you unlock your potential, visit Mark’s blog at

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