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No Matter What the Odds, Fight to Your Very Last Breath!

Have you ever been in a situation where the odds seemed insurmountable against you? Have you ever felt that things were so hopeless and impossible that there was no point in fighting anymore? Well, here is a powerful lesson we can learn from a simple animal- a Zebra. In this documentary, the Zebra is caught by a lioness. The Lioness has bitten the Zebra on the neck and is choking the life out of it. There are multiple open wounds and the blood is gushing out. I guess most people in the Zebra’s position would simply give up and let fate take its course. What are the chances of a Zebra being able to over power a lioness and escape from its grasp?

What is so amazing and inspiring is that the Zebra refuses to give up without fighting to its very last breath. It refuses to cave in to impossible odds. It holds on to its life, masters up its last ounce of strength and flips the lioness on its back. The Zebra then uses all its might to hold the lioness down, attempting to drown it in the river. Out of breath and strength, the lioness relents and the Zebra kicks away and escapes. In the end, the stronger animal is the one that finally gives up the chase.

Sometimes in life and in business, it is not always the strongest or smartest who prevails in the end. It is the one who has more fighting spirit and more ‘heart’. In fact, a weakness that many successful people and companies have is that over time, they lose their hunger and become emotionally weak. So, if you are ever in a situation where your competitor seems to have all the advantage; more money, better looks, more resources, more experience etc… Do not count yourself out. As long as you have the most important ingredient; fighting spirit and heart, you will prevail in the end. If you want it more badly than they want it, you will get it. And if you happen to be the leader in your field, do not ever allow success drive you to complacency.

I remember that when I was a struggling first time author at the age of 24, no publisher or bookstores would give me a chance. Major bookstores would not display my book and international publishers would not invest in my book because they thought that I lacked the credibility, experience and talent. They preferred to market books by international authors with years of track record. I guess at the time, I felt like the Zebra in an industry of lions. Despite no body wanting to invest, distribute or even promote my book initially (i.e. my first book ‘I Am Gifted, So Are You!’), I hanged on to the dream that ONE DAY, I will be a best selling author. The one advantage I had amongst all the competing books was that I was HUNGRY for success and I would fight and do whatever it took to get my books on the best-sellers list.

With this ‘Never Say Die’ spirit, I went around the whole of Singapore doing free talks to promote my book at schools and bookshops like Borders, Kinokuniya, Popular, MPH etc… I remember myself doing 5-6 free talks every single week for 6 months. I believe I hold the record for an author doing the most number of talks. All that work paid off! in 6 months, my book was ranked #1 on the MPH best-sellers list and hit the National best-sellers list for 8 consecutive years. Have you got your own personal story about how you triumphed over a stronger opponent in your business, sports, relationships, career? Share it HERE!


16 Comments so far

  1. luke on June 25th, 2011

    I agree, i am struggling in the army life, and i keep telling myself i should never give up, in order to be the top 15% of the millionaire list.

  2. Lin on June 27th, 2011

    Totally agree! I was once a below average student.

    I attended your seminars and read your first book, when i was in secondary school. They totally changed and benefited me. I was one of the top 5 students for O levels in my school then. A big part of my motivation comes from you! Really grateful how you have inspired me.

    I am now teaching in a tertiary institution in Singapore. I have noticed certain common problems students faced that have resulted in poor grades. I am very motivated to help them overcome the barrier. I love to share the strategies and techniques (some of them i have learnt from you) that i have learnt over the years as a student. It is really satisfying. Really think it is important to share and impart knowledge.

    I am browsing your website and noticed that your camps and programmes are mostly catered to students until age 17. Do you have programmes catered to tertiary students like polytechnics too?


  3. Phyllis on June 29th, 2011

    Dear Adam,

    Thank you for your story, it is really inspirational! It really motivates me.

    I am down at work and always bully by my colleague who happens to be more senior than me.

    After reading the story, I aspire to write a book and earn some passive income so that I could leave the job and stay away from the bully.

    Thank you, once again.


  4. luke on July 9th, 2011

    time for an update mr Adam!

  5. Anthony on July 15th, 2011

    Wow, after watching the lion-zebra vedio clip. I suddenly woke up n whatever problem that I face now is not as critical compare to the zebra. Thanks Dam for the sharing.

  6. Mk Reddy on July 15th, 2011

    Dear Sir,
    Thank you so much for the motivation message. I really much impressed with your message.

  7. Daniel on July 15th, 2011

    Wow…this is a very inspiring story. I will forward this to as many people as i can.

  8. Rahul on July 15th, 2011

    Hey Adam,

    Am at the level -^infinity, however I am still hanging in there coz somewhere deep down I know I have it in me and the day is not far when I will be where I so truly, deeply and badly wan’t to be.

    Thanks for this message and truly your story too is extremely inspiring.

    Warm Regards & Best Wishes,

  9. Zafidah on July 15th, 2011

    Hi Adam, thanks for the inspirational words but being an animal lover I don’t hv the heart to watch the video 🙁

  10. nachiketa saha on July 15th, 2011

    It was really an extraordinary case. I have seen many animal life documentaries where I have normally found animals like zebras and deers meekly surrendering after attempting to kick off their attacker (either a lioness or a tiger or an allegator) once or twice but mostly uselessly.Perhaps it was the presence of the water and the position of the lioness that led to the success of the zebras brave attempt to drown the lioness. Such a circumstance cannot be created. It is something given.And not to available always, even if wished for.What do you say to that Mr. Khoo.Would like to receive your kind reply.

  11. futures-explained on July 15th, 2011

    From school to work, I have been put down multiple times by many different people. I could have gotten sad and accept what they said.

    Instead, I have fought against the odds by working harder.

    Proving them wrong is not easy and it requires sustainable efforts over a prolonged period.

    My conclusion is to always plan for myself and my futures, for otherwise, others will have a plan for me, and that might not be what I want.

  12. Arthur on July 15th, 2011

    Hi Adam,

    Thanks for sharing with us this inspirational
    article and video.

    I was reminded from one of the books that I have
    read that set backs are set ups for come backs

    One of the keys to long term success is to have
    a persistent or never quit attitude.



  13. Debbie Ducker on July 16th, 2011

    Adam! Thanks so much for the inspiration… it is just what I needed at this very moment. I am off to fight to my last breath. 🙂 Thanks again, Debbie Ducker

  14. Gem on July 18th, 2011

    Thank you so much for this video. It make me think twice about what i have done, and i think i have never put all my own energy in my work. I need to change.

  15. Yap on July 20th, 2011

    Hi Adam,

    Thank you for your sharing, very inspirational!

  16. Jon Wee on July 20th, 2011

    Hi Adam,

    thanks for your good-old reminder that the person who achieves success is the one who never gives up.

    We really do need a constant boost admist our daily challenges and problems.


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