The Point of No Return

Yousi - Manlius, New York
Entered on December 10, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
  • Podcasts

    Sign up for our free, weekly podcast of featured essays. You can download recent episodes individually, or subscribe to automatically receive each podcast. Learn more.

  • FAQ

    Frequently asked questions about the This I Believe project, educational opportunities and more...

  • Top Essays USB Drive

    This USB drive contains 100 of the top This I Believe audio broadcasts of the last ten years, plus some favorites from Edward R. Murrow's radio series of the 1950s. It's perfect for personal or classroom use! Click here to learn more.

If you want to go far in life, you can’t just do your best. You have to do the best. Better than everyone else. What do I believe? I believe if you really want to go somewhere, be the best, you have to go beyond your limits…beyond what you ever thought you could do.

It seems like everything in life these days requires you to go past your limits. In sports, for instance. If you want to go far, in any sport, you have to work hard at it. You have to be better than everyone else. If everyone else is running a mile, you have to run two. You have to go and go and go. In school, if you want to get into a prestigious university, you have to take all of the challenging classes. Not only that, but you have to do well in those classes. And if you want to go to somewhere like Harvard or Yale, you have to do better than those not just those in your grade, or even your high school, you have to do better than most others in the country. For some, this might even seem impossible. For me, its not impossible; just a far off dream, only attainable through perseverance and hard work beyond the amount of work I’ve ever done before.

When I was little I always heard, “Try your best, your best is all that matters! Just push yourself to your limits!” Truth is, sometimes your best is not enough. Sometimes your best is someone else’s worst. Sometimes, to be the best, you have to go past your limits. Beyond what you’ve ever done. If you want to be someone, you have to push yourself until you’re in unknown territory, the point of no return.

It can be really frustrating when you know you’re working harder than someone else, and they still beat you. Sometimes, I almost feel like just giving up altogether. But in the end, it just motivates me to try harder. Why just give up? What does that do? That just shows another time you’ve given up. And giving up isn’t an option for me.

You can’t just expect greatness to be thrust upon you. If you want to achieve greatness, if you want to fulfill your dreams, you must do everything you possibly can, even something you never before thought possible. In order to get there, in order to reach the top and achieve greatness, you have to give it your all. If you give it all you have, success is within your reach, and victory is yours.