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Never Give Up Day – August 18, 2023

Never Give Up Day is on August 18, and we’re here to show you how you can celebrate this day amazingly. Do you know that the concept of motivation and its effect on the human brain had been studied by ancient civilizations? Humans have always achieved more than they thought they could with their sheer willpower. It is a well-known fact that with the right motivation, you can move mountains. Never Give Up Day was created for this reason. This day is a reminder to keep chasing our dreams and never give up on them. People celebrate this day by motivating themselves and the people around them to keep grinding until they achieve what they want.

History of Never Give Up Day

The fact that the right mindset can bring extraordinary results and make one go beyond one’s potential, has been well known to humans for thousands of years. This is the reason Plato in the fourth century mentioned that “reason is in the head, but courage is in the chest and appetite in the abdomen” Ancient Greeks believed that the body’s “desires, pleasures, and pains” were the key components in motivation in humans. René Descartes, during the Renaissance period, made a distinction between active and inactive components of motivation and states that will power be must be the number one driving force behind motivation

Derek Reymonds had torn his hamstring in the middle of the 400m race. Though suffering excruciating pain, Reymonds got up and hopped to the finish line. He was accompanied by his father who had jumped onto the track from the stands after seeing his son in pain. Reymonds might not have won the race, but he won the hearts of millions around the world by his display of extraordinary willpower in the face of adversity.

In the 1970s Sylvester Stallone was a struggling actor. After writing the script for “Rocky,” he approached many directors who were happy with the script but were not willing to cast him as the lead. Though he was offered a good amount of money, Stallone stuck to his condition that he be given the role. Finally, Stallone was cast and “Rocky” won the Oscar for the best motion picture in 1976.

Oprah Winfrey, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Steve Jobs, and Lakshmi Mittal are billionaires who have one thing in common — the determination to never give up. Never Give Up Day was created for the hero in all of us. This day was created to encourage ourselves and others to never give up when the going gets tough, and to overcome challenges that life throws at us.

Never Give Up Day timeline

400 B.C.
Motivation Is Studied

The effect of motivation on humans is studied by ancient philosophers like Plato and Aristotle.

1500s
Willpower Is Understood

René Descartes determines that willpower must be the number one driving factor behind motivation.

1900s
Humans Achieve Remarkable Triumphs

From the moon landing to extraordinary achievements in sports, humans achieve greatness with resilience.

2000s
Never Give Up Day

Never Give Up Day is created to encourage people to never give up during tough times.

Never Give Up Day FAQs

Who came up with the song ‘Never Give Up’?

The song ‘Never Give Up’ was composed and sung by singer Sia Furler and produced by Greg Kurstin.

When did Churchill say "never give up"?

Winston Churchill addressed the students of the Harrow School in the year 1941 where he made the famous speech “never give up.” He made the speech to encourage the youth to never give up fighting against the tyranny of Nazi Germany.

Why is it good to never give up?

As humans, we tend to stop way before reaching our true potential. Many people don’t realize how close they were to success before they quit. Hence, by never giving up we are more likely to achieve greater things in life.

Never Give Up Day Activities

  1. Motivate others

    If you have anybody in your friend circle/family who is going through a tough time, give them a call and tell them that they're not alone. You can also call and encourage anyone who is going to start a new venture.

  2. Encourage yourself

    If you are undergoing a tough situation in life, remind yourself that tough times don't last, but tough people do. If you have been stalling something that you want to do, take a leap of faith and just do it!

  3. Share it on social media

    Let everyone know the importance of this day. Write articles or posts about the importance of having mental toughness, and post them on your social media accounts.

5 Interesting Facts About Motivation

  1. It is neurological

    Motivation in the human brain is caused by neurological activities in the brain.

  2. Punishment is not necessary

    Contrary to the belief, fear of punishment might not be apt for sustained motivation.

  3. Addictions require more than willpower

    The motivation to overcome addictions requires more than willpower as there are strong neurological patterns that need to be changed.

  4. A foreseen reward is not enough

    Over time, our brains get used to the reward system and a predictable reward might not be enough for continuous motivation.

  5. Healthy feedback is crucial

    One of the best ways to ensure prolonged motivation is to find new ways to learn and receive healthy feedback.

Why We Love Never Give Up Day

  1. It gives us a chance to take the leap

    This day provides us with the necessary motivation to do something that we've been postponing for a while. Never Give Up Day is a reminder to keep chasing our dreams.

  2. It gives us a chance to encourage others

    This day gives us a chance to do something for others. By supporting your friends in difficult times, you make a big difference in their lives.

  3. It gives us hope

    If you have been struggling with something in life, be it a financial or medical condition, this day is a reminder that we all have a warrior inside of us. It is a reminder to never give up and trust the process.

Never Give Up Day dates

YearDateDay
2023August 18Friday
2024August 18Sunday
2025August 18Monday
2026August 18Tuesday
2027August 18Wednesday

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