By Sophia Hindy On a Friday afternoon I was baking muffins. I felt very good and accomplished about it. But when I tasted them, something was wrong. Before I could tell anyone they shouldn’t eat, they already did. They told me it was fine, so I wouldn’t feel bad. But I knew the truth. This didn’t stop me though. I tried a different dessert and it was a big hit. You have to keep trying.
By Sol B. Making mistakes is part of life and the reason for most people’s success. I’ve endured many failures, but one in particular stands out. It was a freshman year and I had to take my first global test in high school. That night, I studied as much as I thought was enough to succeed. The next morning as I started taking the test, it downed on me, I didn’t study hard enough. As a result I failed. So, I set a goal for myself to study as much as I possibly could. I made review sheet, index cards and memorized all my notes. It was all worth it because I ended up getting a 95! The lesson that many forget is, if you never fail you will never learn your faults. Failure equals success, it’s just that simple.
By Suri Knoble My niece Raisy is three years old. She is trying to learn the ABC’s and she really does not know how to. She starts singing and she is really confused. She keeps trying and she still can’t. So, she gives up. A few weeks later she tries again. She got a little better. She didn’t get the whole things but then she tried again and she finally got it.
By Steven Hafif When I first started my sophomore year in high school I made the decision to try out for the hockey team. I was excited; I bought the equipment and started practicing weeks before the first game. By the time my first game came up I was bursting with excitement. Arriving early, I immediately ran downstairs and started to plan how I will celebrate my goals. The game started and I was frozen up. I missed every pass, shot and goal. And I was eventually benched for the second half of the game. I went into the locker room upset and mostly angry. But then I took a step back. I thought about what I was doing wrong and how to correct it. Instead of giving up, I went to the coach and told him to give me another chance. The very next shift I scored the game winning goal.
By Sruly Akerman I am in a choir and one time the head of the choir was looking for a kid for a solo. He picked me to try for a solo. But he gave it to another kid. I was gong to stop trying but I practiced a lot and next time he picked me for the solo. So even though I was so embarrassed when he said that I was not going to get the solo I kept on trying and I got the solo.
By Simcha Braunstein When I was 8 there was an older boy in camp who I admired because he was a rocking pitcher. I decide to try to be as good as him. Every day I practiced. By the league I pitched and it was terrible. We lost almost every single game. First I got very upset at myself and stopped practicing. But, then I decided that there was no point in stopping. So, I continued practicing but I stopped pitching in games. Last year, the older kid who always pitched, but was also a shortstop, asked me if I could pitch. I was thrilled. I said,”Yes” and in the game I pitched awesome. I was very happy that I didn’t give up. And now, I am an excellent pitcher.
By Raizy Cohen Closer. Almost there. As soon as I touched the blue brick I panicked. I felt as if I was asphyxiating, so I shot up as fast as I could. This was the sad sequence of events every single time that I had life guarding. I had been trying each Wednesday to retrieve a 10 pound brick from the bottom of the pool, but success seemed to elude me.
By May, I was losing hope and conviction, so I took responsibility for my own motivation. I just kept telling myself that success was in my reach and that I was holding myself back. I kept at it and finally, after several months and countless attempts, I succeeded. Looking back, I don’t regret all of the time that I spent trying over and over to get that brick. It was through this experience that I learned that if I really try and believe that I can succeed, amazing things can happen.
By Chaim Shmaya Ovstatcher One Thursday afternoon I went fishing. I was there for 2 hours and didn’t catch any. I was deciding whether I should stay or give up and leave. I continued for another hour, I didn’t catch anything. I was embarrassed. I ran home. The next day I went back, but this time I went further and I caught a few fish.
By Florence D. In life, there will be many challenged thrown at us, but it is our job to overcome them. Last year a friend of mine hurt my feelings and did something unforgivable. This was a very hard obstacle for me to overcome. I am sure that most girls fight with their friends and then bounce back days later, but this was different. We didn’t speak for weeks and acted like strangers. We both acted like we never even knew each other. Finally, I decided I had enough. I confronted my friend and showed her my perspective. She understood why I was upset and apologized. I know this doesn’t seem like such a large obstacle, but at the time it was my only obstacle. My friend and I are now closer than ever. It is very important to bounce back, even if we fail or are faced with a challenge, we should try our hardest to succeed and overcome it.
By Sholom B. Hunger I had a goal to win a race. At the beginning of the race I thought I would win because I was ahead of everyone who was running the race. I started to fall behind one person, two people, three, four, very soon I was all the way behind. But I never lost courage. Soon I was 5th to the head, because I ran as fast as I was able to. The next minute I was a yard away from the finish line, I put my head forward and won.
5. Leslie A.
I was in my bed thinking about a fight. Someone was going around telling Lashon Hara and the person that they told it to, changed around the words and told someone else, and it started even a bigger fight. I was saying to myself, I don’t want to be that person. From now on, I won’t tell anyone any secrets that someone else told me.
3. Sylvia C.
How to encourage yourself to stick to a commitment? Let’s say you want to commit to going to sleep on time and you try it out and it doesn’t work for you. You should try hard and push yourself to do it. When you commit to something it is better for you. You should keep trying and never give up.
2. Shirley H.
One time I said that I would pray to Hashem every single weekend. I tried but my Yetzer Hara always pulled me back. So one weekend I woke up early and I prayed to Hashem and I felt so good. Now, every single weekend I do it. I feel so proud of myself. I am proud that I prayed. I wish that everybody does the same.
1. Violet C.
Something happened to me that I didn’t give up was when I kept trying and trying to make roller coaster with my brother. We tried 17 times and it never worked. Finally on the 18th time I put the last piece on and it finally worked. It took us 2 hours but we finally succeeded. I was so happy. Then we put a marble on it and it went through the whole roller coaster. That is a time when I tried and failed but I never gave up.