Motivational Spirituality

Do More With Your Life Than Just Give Up

Yes, life will always throw things at you. But, I believe that everything that happens to us happens for a reason.

Motivational Quotes

“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” – Serenity Prayer.

“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become your character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.” – Frank Outlaw.

“There are no secrets to success it is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell.

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future” – John F. Kennedy.



This story was inspired by Mandy Harvey. I watched Mandy on America’s Got Talent a television program that searches and gives an opportunity to people to showcase their talent.

She was a contestant in the music category and got a golden buzzer for her outstanding performance during the auditions. Although Mandy did not go on to win the competition she is a successful songwriter, singer, and motivational speaker.

I find her life’s journey very inspiring and motivating. She lost her sense of hearing due to illness at the age of eighteen and that she almost gave up with her life.

I can only imagine what she went through at the news of losing her hearing and that science and doctors cannot help recover her lost sense of hearing.

But after some time and with hard work she discovered that she could actually continue singing, by using muscle memory and trusting her pitch, and feeling the vibrations of the beat and temple through her feet. This is amazing.

Today Mandy is a success in the music industry and inspires people not only with her music but also with her life’s story to never give up.

Life can be tough and it is not easy to live especially when such “calamity” as Mandy’s be fore’s on you. Imagine the pain and the disillusionment the whole family went through when they learned that their daughter had become deaf.

The thought that she will never hear their voices again is not nice at all. That the mode of communication with her would be changed forever.

To me, Mandy’s life story is one of faith and courage. Look, to go up on stage and sing in front of so many people, without hearing your own voice but just trusting your pitch, takes a lot of faith and courage.

There are very few people who can do that. Most of us are scared to even just stand in front of a small group of people and speak.

It is a lesson to all of us who take life for granted and just want to give up when we encounter a few setbacks with life.

Stop giving excuses and start making something worthwhile with your life. Yes, life will always throw things at you. But, I believe that everything that happens to us happens for a reason. There is always good that comes out of what is seeming a bad thing.

Have a Never Give Up Mentality

One would have understood if Mandy had given up with her life. At least she would have had an excuse for it, and a good one for that matter.

But she did not, she decided to make use of her life and be a blessing to the world. Now instead of just singing and writing songs she also inspires and motivates people with her story.

Who knows, she probably would not have been successful without going through what she went through.

She realised that in order for her to be happy in life she must continue doing more of what makes her happy and that is singing.  Hence her doing everything in her power to achieve her dream.

Do you realise that if she had not done anything about it, she might probably have been complaining all her life about her situation.

She would have been another statistic, but instead, she is not, she flying high like an eagle with what she is doing. Thank God for her life. She is such a blessing.

You see to be more you need to have more and never give up on your dreams. To achieve greatness you need to do things differently. You need to change the way you do things and adopt methods that will bring out the best in you.

If you sleep at 8:00 pm and wake up at 07:00 am you may need to adjust. Successful people spend most of their time working hard and not sleeping.

When you are faced with adversity, look for the good in it. There is always something that you can get from your troubles.

Most of the time when we are faced with challenges it means that God wants to move us to the next level. He is preparing us to handle what is coming our way. But it will never come until you are ready for it and usually it is something much more than our current situation.

If you keep your trust in God, he always makes a way where there seems to be no way. When one door is shut God opens up many more doors. Mandy’s hearing door was shut but God opened up other doors to help her continue with her music.

Be Prepared For What is Coming

Like I said before when adversity comes it is usually a sign that good things are yet to follow. Because after the storm there is calmness. You must always be prepared to take the next challenge. Be ready when the heavens have opened up for you.

Look, don’t just sit and give excuses that you cannot do anything because you have no opportunities. Do not live life by chance or by luck. Luck finds those who are prepared and are ready. In our country, we have a tendency of complaining about how successful foreigners are than the local majority.

We must actually be ashamed of ourselves. We have people who came in as refugees and now they are doing well in business yet we complain that there are no opportunities.

This is a person who came with nothing and now he has a successful business in your own back yard and you say there are no opportunities, come on guys, we can do better than that.

If you have dreams and do not take action they will always be but dreams. Those who succeed are those who put their dreams into action.

Preparation can take many forms and it is usually not easy. Take sportsmen and women, for example, the time and sacrifice they take in preparation is something I really admire.

How can you attract opportunities if you are not prepared for them? I believe that you attract opportunities by the things that you do every day.

Sometimes opportunities come in disguise. They come in the most an expected manner. But you need to be prepared when they come around otherwise you will miss them and call yourself cursed or something like “I have bad luck.” No, man you were just not ready.

If it’s a job you are looking for get the necessary qualifications, and go out there and knock on every door for the opportunities. Don’t just sit at home expecting that a job will come on a silver platter, do something about it, anything that will keep you busy.

In everything that we do, preparation is key to success. If you want to achieve anything meaningful with your life, you need to continuously upgrade your skills set. Believe me, opportunities are always there to be pursued. I have personally missed out on many good opportunities because of not being fully prepared for them.


You have more to offer and give than what you are currently doing. If you are going through a rough period in your life fight until you make things right simply do not give up.

The fact that you have seen the break of dawn means you still have a chance to fight and win. Trust God in everything you do and he will surely come through for you.