It Is Not Over Until You Stop Breathing

With the holidays approaching, it is a good time to remind people that life is about not giving up. People tend to give up too easily on things, especially life. If things are  too hard or have failed in the past, people just stop trying and become complacent with what they have. No matter what setbacks life hands you, as long as you’re still breathing you’re still in the game. The only thing in this world that cannot be redeemed is time. As long as you have the time you can work to overcome whatever obstacles life puts in your way. Whether some type of illness, legal setback, or loss of fortune, a man can always strive to overcome almost anything. Giving up is not the solution and when one does give up, he merely admits defeat. If your path is blocked, you should always work to find a way around the obstacle. Here are a few prominent examples of people moving forward.

Martha Stewart

This poster child for not talking to police has done some hard time in prison for related to talking to the FBI about some stock deals. Some said that the conviction ended her career in entertainment. it did hurt her promotional endorsement deals and set her back a few years on the outside but she merely went back to work as soon as she got out of her cell. Some could argue her time behind bars might have actually given her more credibility. I would have to see the jailhouse tattoos to better judge this.


Stephen Hawking

This gentleman is paralyzed in a wheelchair due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Not only did he not allow this to keep him down, his contribution to science along with his computer generated voice has created a celebrity of sorts. He has had a cameo Star Trek: The Next Generation and an Epic Rap Battle of History. Most people I know would take a sentence to life in a wheelchair as a permanent downer but this man has overcome that become so much more. Maybe one day I’ll be able to understand the books he writes.


Richard Nixon

This example is a little bit of both giving up and keep trying. Say whatever you want about his politics, he stayed in the game after losing the nomination to the Kennedy. This is the only example of a modern perennial presidential candidate actually winning the office. He did throw in the towel though when he gave up gave America its first unelected president, Gerald Ford. That could be considered an accomplishment for notoriety.

Now that I gone over some historical examples of success after setback, it is time to delve into what the future might hold for others. The next few people are down on their luck after falling from very high places.

Bernie Madoff

This Wall Street hustler had a financial empire (of cards) dismantled after being caught running a Ponzi scheme among the rich and powerful. He is currently sentenced to a long stretch in a federal penitentiary. The scandal actually caused his son to hang himself with a dog leash. As I said previously, as long as you’re breathing, the game is still on. While his son cannot work to succeed in this life, you can’t count Bernie out. As Marc Rich demonstrated with his last-minute pardon by President Clinton, rich and powerful people in America don’t really fall that far. Mr. Madoff knows too many people and might have quite a bit of money stashed away somewhere to grease some wheels. I do not see him being locked up forever. I am predicting that in a couple years, he will have mysterious illness that cannot be treated in prison and is allowed out. If this were to happen, I would like to see how he works to build his empire again.


George W. Bush

This punching bag for the left and favorite scapegoat for all the current problems in America has left the highest office of the nation. Has that slowed him down? Maybe, but he has uses free time to explore new pursuits in his life. Apparently some of his private emails were hacked leading to the exposure of the fact that he is a painter. While certain snotty pretentious people were quick to criticize his lack of skill, I find it amazing that he picked up the brush and put serious effort into it. I find his work unique and far better than many first-year art students I’ve seen. The fact that he took up a new pursuit seriously even after being the leader of the free world means he hasn’t given up on the game.



The point of this article is to emphasize that moving forward and working towards success should always be the direction a man is going. No matter how bad the setbacks are in life, a man should constantly work to improve himself and his position. Unless your crimes lead to your execution there really is nothing stopping you from trying to succeed. Wallowing in your own guilt and pity is never a solution. No one actually wants to hear your “woe is me” story repeatedly. If you find yourself complaining to anyone who would listen and that person doesn’t really seem interested, maybe you complain too much. If there’s some obstacle in your life you cannot overcome using traditional means, maybe you should try nontraditional means. The point is you always keep trying. Never give up.

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40 thoughts on “It Is Not Over Until You Stop Breathing”

  1. I have myself been frogmarched out of corporations to much co-worker glee and scapegoating fanfare only to resurface in the industry like a bad case of herpes.

  2. I hated George Bush and his politics, but it took me only couple of months of his administration to understand he got skills in doing what is required of him.

    1. Also, he totally dodged BOTH shoes that one dude threw at him.
      He saved our whole country a ton of unnecessary embarrassment by deftly ducking those shoes.

      1. I’m a Ron Paul libertarian so I’m not exactly a member of the W fan club, but I will say this … I hope I have the same Ninja-like dexterity when I’m that age. The only thing that would have made that incident sweeter is if W caught one of the shoes and nailed that fucker between the eyes with it.

    2. Hey, almost everybody hated GWB by the end of his term. Then we got Obummer. He makes George look like Lincoln or Eisenhower.

  3. Martha Stewart on ROK? Fail. Totally inappropriate as a masculine role model. I stopped reading as soon as I saw that.

    1. Martha Stewart served “hard time”? Nah…can’t be. She was chillin’ at Cupcake Penitentiary.

  4. It’s not even over when you stop breathing. Never stop. Ever. One day you’ll be completely obliterated into nothingness. Only then does it stop.

  5. Good stuff. A couple things about Nixon. He lost the election, not the nomination, to Kennedy. Four years later he lost an election for governor of California. So after rising quickly he lost two big ones in a row. Nixon was also nearly dumped from the ticket by Ike in ’52 and had to rally public support (“Checkers”) to stay put. Ike had a clear disdain for Nixon. In 1960 while Nixon ran vs. Kennedy, reporters asked the president examples of what Nixon might have done as VP to qualify him for the big job. Eisenhower’s response was “give me a week and I might think of one.”
    Nixon’s biggest motivator was losing two brothers at a young age. The guy rose from near-squalor to go to college and law school. Unfortunately the “chip on his shoulder” that motivated him to take on the elite wound up being his undoing. Which means we can all learn a lot from the guy.

    1. Nixon was the son of some shopkeeper in Cal. not in squalor. And btw, he certainly had the hottest wife so he must have had something.

    2. Nixon lost to Edmund G “Pat” Brown in the 1962 California gubernatorial election. Pat Brown is of course the father of current and former governor “moonbeam” Jerry Brown. In his concession speech Nixon made his famous “you won’t have Nixon to kick around anymore” remarks.

  6. This can not be stressed enough. If a game lets you keep flipping the coin until you get the result you wanted, why limit yourself to a few?
    Also, DO NOT confuse the What with the How. The What (goal) remains, the How (what you do) changes. Refresh your view of the problem at hand, get new perspectives, then try again. Maybe you end up fine tuning your goal or even understanding that it was not a goal in the first place.

  7. To summarize the article…..losers give up or complain saying they did their best. Winners go home and bang the prom queen. Be a winner. Every failure in life just shows you what didn’t work. It eliminates a wrong path. Either you didn’t try hard enough or you were doing the wrong thing in the first place. Set backs build character. those who quit after them aren’t worthy of success. Those who continue despite them will eventually succeed.

  8. I totally agree with the message, but I feel tat these are mostly pretty poor examples. Martha Stewart? Ouch.

  9. Hawkings also frequents a swingers sex club out here in California.
    Martha served time in a 5 star pen, walk in the park. It wasn’t “hard time”.
    And Bush ? Sure he caused problems, but dammit I’d love to split a 12 pack with him and talk about everything he’s been through and his thoughts on the world.

    1. Bullshit. While W had many faults there are several shittier presidents in the last 50 yrs. The worst to have ever held the office is currently pissing on the USA from the oval office.

  10. GW Bush – you gotta respect a Yale graduate from Connecticut who puts on a fake texan accent and doesn’t break character once for 8 years. Well done, that man.

    1. He was born in Connecticut, but he grew up in Midland, Texas and went to school there until college.

      1. Bully! He attended my old school, Philips Academy, for his highschool years, which was all male then. Did you really think his father would let him go to some Texas public school? lol

    2. He’s excellent and sure had you rednecks fooled. But I did catch him once sleeping when he said, cawht

  11. Despite his physical condition,Stephen Hawking is twice divorced and has three kids.
    That’s so alpha.

  12. Absolutely. One of the men in history that I very much respect, John Churchill, the 1st Duke of Marlborough (my avatar), was the definition of a late bloomer. He didn’t achieve his greatest glory and secure his fortune until he was in his 50’s (at a time when many people did not even live to that age).
    This was a man that rose from essentially nothing, navigated the court intrigues of the day, was imprisoned in the Tower of London, yet picked himself up again and secured his place as one of the most powerful men in the land and one of the greatest generals of all time.
    His is a story well worth reading for any man (there’s also a series portraying his life that I recommend called The First Churchills).

  13. Now stand aside, worthy adversary.
    ‘Tis but a scratch.
    A scratch? your arm’s off.
    No it isn’t.
    Well what’s that then?
    I’ve had worse.
    You liar!
    C’mon you pansy!

    1. I also meant to add, the overall message of this piece is good… but the way he went about presenting it is horrible.

  14. One should take time to read “on combat” by lt. Col. Dave Grossman. Although if focuses mostly in the physiological affects of combat in the body one can easy take the principles into fighting any kind of battle.

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