Never give up, Never give up, Never give up!

everestI am an entrepreneur, defined by the Webster dictionary as “A person who organizes, operates, and assumes the risk for a business venture”. Do you know how many times I wake up in the morning ready to give up? How many times I question myself about this idea and if it’s going to ever take off? I have to say that the path I have chosen is not an easy one. I also have to say that the passion and love that I have for what I do is what keeps me going in times that I see no light at the end of the tunnel.

The story I share with you below was a good reminder of the many times we entrepreneurs quit too soon.

It’s about this Norwegian Doctor, Anna Bågenholm, in 1999 while skiing with 2 other Doctors in Narvik, Norway she sled down a steep, icy gully head first in a mostly frozen stream. Meanwhile she was trapped her friends did everything possible to rescue her. The natural forces of a torrent of frigid spring runoff pouring over them, made it almost impossible to rescue her friend from the hole where she was submerged.

But they didn’t stop there, love kept them going and looking for ways to save the life of her friend. They acted fast and within moments of asking for help, the rescuers arrived, they cut a hole from where Bågenholm was trapped and pulled her through the opening. By then she had been under the ice for over 2 hours. They all thought she was dead.

But “hope” was not about to check out from this tragic day.

Waiting for her at the helipad was Dr. Mad Gilbert head of the emergency medicine.

“She has completely dilated pupils. She is ashen, flaxen white. She’s wet. She’s ice cold when I touch her skin, and she looks absolutely dead,” Gilbert said. “On the ECG [electrocardiogram], which the doctor on the helicopter has connected her to, there is a completely flat line. Like you could have drawn it with a ruler. No signs of life whatsoever. And the decision was made. We will not declare her dead until she is warm and dead.”

They rushed her to an operating room, were surgeons warmed up Bågenholm’s blood by rerouting it through a heart-lung machine. More than three hours had passed after her heart stopped, Gilbert recalled watching the video probe of Bågenholm’s heart.

“It was standing completely still. No movement. I just saw some little shivering. No fibrillation. And suddenly it contracted. Pssh,” Gilbert said, squeezing his fists to mimic a beating heart. “And there was a pause and pssh. A second contraction.” Gilbert tears up at the memory.

Bågenholm was alive! Although months of recovery lay ahead and she was paralyzed for almost a year until her damaged nerves healed. It does not opaque the fact that they never lost hope, they fought until the end and gave Bågenholm the opportunity to be here with us as a radiologist at the hospital where she was saved.

Næsheim, who is on the helicopter emergency medical team there, says the lesson from Bågenholm’s case is clear.

“It’s the three important things about emergency medicine, which is never give up, never give up, never give up. Because there’s always hope.”

I will say this is also true in our daily life as entrepreneurs.  How many times do we give up too soon, there is always hope and ways to make things work. Being an Entrepreneur is not an easy task, but it pays off to fight until the end, regardless how dead our dream looks. Keep going, reach for help and don’t give up.

Photo by Likerender

  • http://www.BettmanLeadership.com Sarah

    Thanks so much for sharing this story. I had the following quote up on the wall of my old office:

    “Many of life’s failures are experienced by people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas Edison

    A great reminder to bring it back out.

    Sarah

  • http://www.thenakedelephant.net Andrea Bahamondes

    You are welcome. It feels great to know I was able to give you something of value.

    Here is another quote for a bumpy day, simple and true “After the storm comes Sunshine!!!!” keep it near your heart for a cloudy day.

    Andrea.

  • http://www.synthesiscoachingblog.com Karen Hodges

    Thanks for posting this story today —it is truly inspiring.
    Being an entrepreneur can sometimes feel like I’m constantly swimming upstream and against the tide. Practicing the art of patience, knowing that I’m passionate about what I’m doing, and reminding myself that it takes time keeps me going. Oh, and celebrating each win along the way.

  • http://www.thenakedelephant.net Andrea Bahamondes

    Believe me, Karen, I know that feeling, one of the things that works best for me is to reach out when I feel the current is winning, just by talking to someone and externalizing my feeling, I get a better picture of what needs to change. Send me a FB message if you ever need to chat.

    Thanks for your comment,

    Andrea.

  • fidioh

    Great story Andrea! Very inspiring! It's so true: never give up! I am working in the coorperate telecom business and I am working on changing our culture: we need more fun and humanity. Sometimes it can be frustrating but I tell myself: Step by step – touching one heart at the time…

    I very much like the new design of your thenakedelephant. I'll come back more often.

    Werner

  • http://www.thenakedelephant.net Andrea Bahamondes

    Hi Werner,

    You are right the best way to do it when the road gets a little tough is “Step by step” or else overwhelm kicks in and we are tempted to quit.

    Emotional Intelligence training is also a great choice for what you are trying to achieve, it has the power to shift perspectives and build a stronger team. Contact me if you need more info.

    Hugs,

    Andrea.

  • Fidioh

    Great story Andrea! Very inspiring! It's so true: never give up! I am working in the coorperate telecom business and I am working on changing our culture: we need more fun and humanity. Sometimes it can be frustrating but I tell myself: Step by step – touching one heart at the time…

    I very much like the new design of your thenakedelephant. I'll come back more often.

    Werner

  • http://www.thenakedelephant.net Andrea Bahamondes

    Hi Werner,

    You are right the best way to do it when the road gets a little tough is “Step by step” or else overwhelm kicks in and we are tempted to quit.

    Emotional Intelligence training is also a great choice for what you are trying to achieve, it has the power to shift perspectives and build a stronger team. Contact me if you need more info.

    Hugs,

    Andrea.

  • Olof86

    Thanks for your post. Sitting here in a dark room thinking about my future and all my years of hard work.. I never been so close to giving up as i been now… It’s all a mindgame, being an entreprenur is battling our mind nothing more… Im a personal with big dreams and extreme willpower but damn i must say no occupation on this planet jumps from easy to hard and back again as the life of a entreprenur. :/

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