When You Reach The End Of Your Rope, Tie A Knot In It And Hang On

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“When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.” These words are associated with the late US President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Reaching the end of the rope means when are on the verge of collapse or some sort of hopelessness.

When you don’t see a ray of hope and darkness seems to prevail everywhere then even in that disgust one should not leave hope. “To tie the knot and hang on” refers that one can start one’s struggle from anywhere no matter how sensitive is the nature of crises.

By nature, mankind is bestowed with immense potential and talent. It is that quality of mankind that distinguishes it from the rest of the creatures. Almighty God has made man His vicegerent on earth and taught him the difference between right and wrong as an innate quality. In fact, J.K. Rowling rightly describes that we’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on.

Roosevelt himself was an awe-inspiring illustration of what exactly he uttered. He tied the knot at the end of the rope and devolved the US from the two greatest crises of its history. He not only led the United States through two of the greatest crises of the 20th century: the Great Depression and World War II but also formed alliances with other countries. It won’t be wrong if we regard Roosevelt as one of the founding fathers of the United Nations. It was him that mobilized industry for military production.

Another pertaining example of tying the knot at the end of the roop has been a man (Harrison Okene) who survived under the sea for consecutive three days. A chef for an oil company who survived for days trapped at the bottom of the sea after his boat capsized off the coast of Nigeria. Harrison managed to survive in a small air pocket, drinking only Coca-Cola. His rescue came down only to change when he responded to the distant sound of nearby divers who were expecting to recover bodies from the boat.

Life does not come easy for many on this liveable planet but only those who have the courage to look at things from righteous perspectives gain the power to change the circumstances altogether. Bertrand Russel in his feat “Unpopular Essays” quotes: “The mind is its own place and itself can make a heaven hell, a hell a heaven.” This signifies that it is the human mind that has the capacity to alter the entire concept of living.

Jan Koum, a Ukrainian emigree to the USA, is another legend who just tied the knot at the end of the roop and subsided all his sorrows from poverty to backwardness. He founded WhatsApp. Coming from abject poverty, Koum’s family emigrated to California, and Koum started learning about computers in his spare time. By the time he was 18, he had developed impressive skills, and in 1997, he was hired by Yahoo! as an infrastructure engineer.

He spent a decade in that industry before realizing the huge potential of the app industry in 2009 and starting WhatsApp Inc. By 2014, WhatsApp had become enormously popular. Facebook bought the app for a staggering $19 billion. The fame of his social media entity can be ascertained from the fact that nowadays people can live without anything but WhatsApp.

Yet another inspirational story belongs to the world-famous influential personality, Oprah Winfrey. Winfrey was born to a single teenage mother on welfare in Mississippi. She grew up poor and suffered from abuse ever since her childhood. Neglected as a child Oprah was essentially the victim of both domestic as well as sexual abuse. She says: “I am so grateful for my years literally living in poverty because it makes the experience of creating success and building success that much more rewarding.” 

Her story teachers us that everyone has struggles and if you believe in yourself and never lose sight of your goals, you can achieve whatever you set your mind to. She is also regarded as the first black billionaire, so in the black community, she holds a special place because she has shown the promise of going from abject poverty to unimaginable success. Her life is the true manifestation of Nelson Mandela’s quote which says: “The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

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