Thursday, March 1, 2012

Werner Braun: Wrestling, Churchill, Determination and 'Never Give Up'

Werner Braun: Wrestling, Churchill, Determination and 'Never Give Up'

Werner Braun on Wrestling, Winston Churchill, and Determination

In his January 27, 2012 column titled "Never give up, never surrender" for Dalton’s Daily-Citizen  Carpet and Rug Institute President Werner Braun discusses the importance of working hard and never giving up no matter how big the obstacles.

As an example, Mr. Braun referred to the upcoming National Collegiate Wrestling Association’s 2012 National Dual Championships that were held in Dalton, Georgia in January, 2012

“Many, many ages ago I wrestled in high school, and got involved again a few years ago when my son, Bay, started wrestling in middle school.

The thing that I like the most about wrestling is how it’s a metaphor for life and learning. In life you have to make preparations, and in wrestling you do the same: one’s body must be physically fit, mind emotionally balanced and heart spiritually equipped to excel, and it’s when you slack off that it’s hard to meet your potential.

 We all have days when we want to throw in the towel, but the advice I tell my kids (to paraphrase former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill ): “Never, never give up.”

As the story goes, on Oct. 29, 1941, Churchill visited Harrow School in the United Kingdom to hear the traditional songs he had sung there as a youth, and to speak to the students. When he was invited to give a speech, Churchill stood before the students and said, “Never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, give up. Never give up. Never give up. Never give up.”

In the moment, it’s sometimes hard to see the good in a situation, such as getting pinned and losing to your opponent. Life is about more than the easy days, it’s about the hard ones, and learning from the days when we all get “pinned.” 

Thank you, Werner


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