Never Give Up, Never Surrender

zero day finance never give up never surrender

This post will be… different. I’m not going to talk about how you should reduce your spending or save money. I won’t go into the math behind why you should invest right now. I won’t link to any of my other posts to guide you down the path of improving your finances. This post is about perseverance, about power, about working hard when everything and everyone in your life wants you to just lie down and quit.

Life is Tough

Life is tough. You work hard everyday. You do things that nobody wants to do. Go places you don’t want to go. Pretend to be nice to people who are flat out cruel. Prioritize things that you need to do over things that we want to do. Live your life according to somebody else’s rules, not your own. You wake up early, get to work, come home late, and you don’t have any time for yourself, to do what you want to do. And life is always throwing curve balls to trip us up whenever we get in a grove.

And we can’t avoid it. Very few of us have control over our lives. We are living other people’s dreams. And what do we get out of it? Pain and suffering. Regret and sadness. Just when things start to feel like they’re going well, everything goes to shit. Sometimes, it feels like you can’t ever escape from this cycle. If only you had one or two good things happen to you in a row, then life would be better. But the second something good happens, another bad thing comes sprinting at you, and there isn’t enough time to react.

zero day finance life is tough

Regardless of what we want, life keeps on coming back for us. You work really hard for your boss only to be laid off. You put weeks into a final paper during college only to have your computer crash and you lose everything. You put off spending time with your family because “there’s always tomorrow,” but they’re gone before you say goodbye. You follow the rules, only to have somebody break them right in front of your eyes — and get rewarded for it.

Never Give Up, Never Surrender

It’s so easy to give up. Dealing with what life gives you every day is tiring and stressful. You are constantly reminded of your failures, either by yourself or by others who have control over you. You feel the weight of the world every second of every minute of every hour. It’s easy to quit what you’re doing. Just stopping, even for a moment feels great.

But we’re being forced into doing that. Everything in this world feels like it’s trying to stop you from being successful, from doing the things you want to do. And over time, we get jaded and discouraged. Then we start doubting ourselves, and start to think that we deserve the constant rejection. The constant failures.

I don’t care who you are, where you’re from, or what you did, at some point the idea crosses your mind. You want to give up on your dreams. You want to let “them” win because it makes things easier, and you’re tired of feeling like a failure.

Never let them win. Ever.

Never let them win. Ever. Because you’re worth it. I’m talking about you. Yes you, right there, reading this blog post. I don’t care what your job is, I don’t care where you live, I don’t care if you’re rich or poor. I don’t care what your dreams are. You are worth it. Never stop fighting for yourself. Ever.

You are the only one who has the capacity to fight for your dreams. To crawl through the mud, to push on in the rain. To push harder than anyone else wants to, or can. You alone have the power to make yourself succeed. When everything around you fails, you have the strength and the power and the courage to dig deep, and try and succeed one more time.

Please, never give up, and never surrender. Keep on pushing, as hard as you possibly can can. Accomplishing your dreams is worth it. They are worth the hard work, the pain and the tears, the long nights, and the rejection. And when you feel alone, when you think nobody cares, know that I’m here. I’m sitting on the sidelines rooting for you. And I’ll never stop, because you are worth it, and I want you to succeed with every fiber of my being.

Good Hunting,

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10 Responses

  1. We're All Poor Here says:

    This might be my new favorite ZDF post!

  2. “Just when things start to feel like they’re going well, everything goes to shit.”

    Been there. I literally just drafted a post about much the same thing last night. Sometimes life doesn’t deal you the hand you hoped for, but if you keep on keeping on, things have a way of working out for the best.

  3. Perseverance is an amazing trait that I hope to instill in everyone I come in contact with. You’ve done that in this post. Thanks for the last 3 sentences too. They mean a great deal.

  4. Divnomics says:

    This should be the post everybody can go to when feeling a bit down. Great write up, and just feel the positive energy your giving 🙂

  5. Darren says:

    Hi David,

    I’m right there rooting for everyone with you. Here’s what I firmly believe, true or false, right or wrong: most people won’t succeed through your message … alone. This is why I love the PF community. I think each one of us brings our own unique way of communicating the same tenets and we just need to help one other person “see the light at the end of the tunnel” although I’m hoping to be able to influence thousands.

  6. I’m guessing you watched Galaxy Quest?! I’ve watched it 4x times because it’s the Prudhomme’s favorite show haha. Thanks for the motivation David, never give up never surrender 👌👌

    • David says:

      I’ve online watched Galaxy Quest once, but the quote stuck. I was in an engineering fraternity in college, and “never give up, never surrender” is our family motto

  7. Shel Smith says:

    Thank you so much for this, it brought tears to my eyes. The struggle is real. Thank you for your words, your inspiration and your support.

  8. shebelievedshecouldsoshedid says:

    David,you wrote this post for me.I’ve recently been feeling inferior and beaten down by my lack of education.All these outside influences can really play with our minds.I came up with a plan to help myself.#1 accept myself where I am today financially and figure out how much I can save each month($350).#2 my today does not have to dictate my tomorrow #3 find a way to increase my income by getting a second job or going back to college.Will come back in 3 months to give you an update.

    • David says:

      Hello SheBelievedSheCouldSoSheDid,

      Thank you for commenting. Life can be really tough sometimes, and it feels like the weight of the world is on your shoulders. The best thing that we can do is breathe, come up with a plan, and go for it. At the end of the day, we can only rely on ourselves to pull us up by our bootstraps. I wish you good luck.


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