The Loser who never gave up.
When he was a little boy his uncle called him Sparky, after a comic-strip horse named spark plug.
He failed every subject in the eight grade. Flunked physics in high school, getting a grade of zero. He also failed Latin, Algebra and English. He can’t do anything good.
His record in sports wasn’t any better. Though he manage to make the school’s golf team. He promptly los the only important match of the season.
There was a consolation match; he lost that too.
Giving up childhood
Through out his youth, sparky was awkward socially. It wasn’t that the other students dislike him; it’s just that no one really cared all that much. In fact, sparky was astonished if a classmate ever said hello to him outside school hours.
There’s so way to tell how he might have done dating. He never once asked a girl out in high school. Above all, he was too afraid of being turned down.. or perhaps laughed at.
No option to Give up
Sparky was a loser. He, his classmates and everyone knew it. So he learned to live with it. He made up his mind early that if things were meant to work out, they would.
Otherwise he would content himself with what appeared to be his inevitable mediocrity.
One thing was important to sparky (drawing). He was proud of his artwork. No one else appreciated it.
But that didn’t seem to matter to him. In his senior year of high school, he submitted some cartoons to the year book.
The editors rejected the concept. Despite this brush off, sparky was convinced of his ability. He even decided to become an artist.
Hence, after completing high school sparky wrote to Walt Disney Studios.
Walt Disney asked for samples of his artwork. Despite careful preparation, it too was rejected. One more confirmation that he was a loser.
But sparky still didn’t give up. Instead he decided to tell his own life’s story in cartoons. The main character would be a little boy who symbolised the perpetual loser and chronic underachiever.
The Cartoon sketch
You know him well. Because sparky’s cartoon character went on to become a cultural phenomenon. People readily identified with this lovable loser.
He reminded people of the painful and embarrassing moments from their own past. Their pain and their shared humanity.
The character soon became famous worldwide: Charlie Brown. And sparky the name whose work was rejected again and again is a highly successful cartoonist Charles Schultz.
His cartoon strip peanuts continues to inspire books, T-shirts and Christmas specials. It reminded us of a very important principle in life.
Giving up is not an option. We all faced difficulty and discouragement from time to time. We also have a choice on how we handle it.
If we’re persistent and if we hold fast to our faith, if we continue t develop the unique talents that God has given us, who know what can happen.
Giving up is not option. It’s an excuse that you tell yourself. Come through. There’s a lot of possibilities that awaits. Move until your fee hurts.
If you have a goal fight for it. Let the pain that you felt remind you of the things that you aspire. This are the things that should fuel your inner desire.
Don’t give. Don’t quit. Tell your struggles that you are bigger that it.