Never, Ever Give Up on a Dream

Never Ever Give Up on a Dream

Why did you start your blog?

What happens if you fail?

Hello and happy Tuesday! Today, I really excited about what I’m going to share. I’ve been anticipating it all week. Last week, we discussed getting personal with your blog including if you should share about your personal life, how much you share and over-sharing. We had so many great responses and I loved it. Thank you so much for sharing all your stories and opinions. For this wonderful Tuesday, I thought I was share a story with you and practice what I preach about being personal.


This story is about a man who had a dream. One of the things I love most about the blogging world is that it is full of dreamers. Most bloggers write because they are passionate and love what they do. This man is no different. He had a dream of being a Physical Therapist. However, success never looks like we want it to and the reality of our dreams can be harsh.

I hope you read and enjoy this story. Let it inspire you to never, never give up on the reason why you blog, the reason why you started your company, your dream.

This story is also very personal, but I don’t mind sharing it, especially if it can inspire one person. This story is about my hero – my husband, Seth.

One of the first conversations we had was about his desire to become a physical therapist. For many reasons, but one of course I loved, was his desire and passion to help people. As I got to know him, I became aware that he would make a wonderful physical therapist.

We Met in College

He was a science major and I was a social work major. However, we went to a private college that wasn’t known for the science program. To become a physical therapist now-a-days, you have to have your doctorate. What is really cool is that it is only 3 more years on top your undergraduate degree.

But like I said, our college was a private college and not known at the time for their science program. During my soon-to-be husband’s senior year, he randomly applied to one Doctorate of Physical Therapy program – Wayne State in Detroit University. That program denied him because he wasn’t yet finished with his undergraduate degree.

Fall 2009

We were engaged May of 2009 on the Monday before graduation. We were so full of dreams. That fall he applied to 6 schools. These applications were for the fall of 2010. That next spring all 6 rejection letters came back. They all said about the same thing.

You meet the qualifications for our program but due to the competitive pool, we are unable to offer you a position.”

To say we were devastated would be an understatement. Thankfully my husband’s boss was good friends with one of the professors at University of Michigan’s DPT (Doctorate of Physical Therapy) program. This professor told him that he needed to bring up his grades and get more volunteer experience to become competitive.

So that is exactly what he did.

Fall 2010

These applications would have put him starting the doctorate program in the fall of 2011. However, even though he was retaking classes, this pool of applications wouldn’t include his new grades. It did, however, include all the volunteering he had done that summer. We were hopeful and he sent out 10 applications.

This time we read,

While you meet the requirements of the program, over 1,000 applications came in and due to the competitive pool of applicants we are unable to offer you 1 of the 35 available positions in the program.” (emphases mine)

Ok, not every program had 1,000 applicants, but some did. Again, we were devastated. Especially because of all the extra work and money we were putting into it. We felt like we couldn’t start out lives until he had been accepted into school.

Fall 2011

We may not have felt like we could start our lives until grad school, but we did anyway. I became pregnant in the spring of 2011. We decided to extend our search for grad school even further to 12 schools. That winter right before Christmas, I gave birth to a beautiful little girl. We didn’t know if he would get into grad school, but again we were hopeful and now there were 3 of us.

Winter of 2012

8 rejections letters, we stood in the kitchen while our little lady was asleep, thinking of another year of applications and retaking even more classes. After a long talk we decided that we wouldn’t give up and we would invest what needed to be invested and do what needed to be done.

The next week, on February 3, 2012, we were sitting in the car when Seth received an email on his phone. He laughed out loud and quickly got my attention.  Then, he read the email out loud:

On behalf of the entire PT department at UM-Flint I wanted to offer you congratulations on your acceptance to the DPT Program starting this August.  Next week, you will receive official notification of your acceptance in the mail.  At that time, you will be asked to officially respond to your acceptance.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and again, congratulations!”

Thinking of the moment now still brings tears to my eyes.

Spring 2013

Seth & ChristineSeth now has a 3.75 grade point average in his classes, he is a class officer, has two part-time jobs, and has just accepted a position to sit on the board of directors for the community clinic that the program runs.

He became my hero because of the way he faced rejection and failure. He reacted by working harder and never gave up on his dream.

It would have been wonderful if he would have gotten in right away, but he didn’t. Success doesn’t always look the way we want it to.

Whatever your dream is, whatever sets that fire in your belly, don’t give up -no matter how many rejection letters get thrown your way.

What obstacles have you faced and overcame? I would love to read about it in the comments. Thank you and have a wonderful week.

Never Ever Give Up on a Dream

Christine King is a staff writer at R & R Web Design LLC. She is passionate about writing and loves what blogging and businesses can achieve. Armed with her degree in social work, she brings the unique ability to motivate readers in every blog article she writes. She specializes in creating content and writing blog articles for a variety of businesses at R & R Web Design LLC.

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48 comments on “Never, Ever Give Up on a Dream
  1. Amy Kennedy says:

    Crissie, That is a great story and I, for one, am glad you and Seth stuck with him getting into the program. I enjoy having him as a classmate and in getting to know you both. I won’t put it here but someday I will tell you the story of my 2005-2008 years and all that I had to overcome. I hope it inspires you both more.

  2. Courtney says:

    I am so happy for you guys and so glad to see the hard work, patience, and persistence pay off. Thanks for the encouraging word and for being a great example of never giving up!

  3. Sherry says:

    Great story, Christine. Not just of your husband’s strong belief in not giving up his dream, but your total support of him fulfilling his dream that I am sure was difficult at times. Good luck to him, I am sure he will be a great doctor.

  4. Alisa Meredith says:

    Wow! Patience and persistence are so rare these days. I’m sure that is part of what makes him a great husband and father, too. Congratulations to you both!

  5. Alisa,
    It was a long road but we got here! Patience and persistence – well worth it! Thanks so much for commenting.

  6. Sounds like more than one dream came true! Great story of perseverance. My husband started his MBA program as I was pregnant with baby #1 and I was 8 months pregnant with #2 when he finished two years later. I hope you are dreaming some new dreams now while you are living the first one! Great read.

  7. Dorien,
    I’m glad to hear I’m not the only mama with a husband in grad school. 🙂 New dreams are being dreamt and we are loving it. Thank you so much for commenting.

  8. Martha Giffen says:

    Fantastic story and the kind I adore! It’s the kind of story EVERYone who wants MORE needs to hear. A similar story is my own. I always wanted a law degree. Finally went back and got it at age 40. Never, ever give up and never ever listen to the naysayers. They aren’t successful 🙂

  9. Angie M Jordan says:

    Thank you for sharing your story. I love when people get “real” on their blogs. After all, we are all human and connect with other humans! I agree 189% with your message- NEVER GIVE UP! EVER! Cheers

  10. Thanks for sharing such a great story of perseverance. Congratulations on hanging on and making it through! God bless you both.

  11. Shari says:

    I absolutely love this story. Thank you for sharing it. Happy to have connected with you!

  12. Angie,

    Thank you so much! I’m with you, I love when people get “real” too. It does establish a deeper connection. Thanks for commenting. 🙂

  13. Shari,
    Thank you! I’m so glad your liked our story.

  14. Sharon O'Day says:

    Well, there can be no doubt as to Seth’s commitment to his profession, can there? Congratulations on the perseverance and determination shown by both of you!

  15. Sharon,
    You are so right. Seth loves his profession and since being in school, he has become more committed than ever. Thank you so much for your encouragement- it means a lot.

  16. MarVeena says:

    Thank you for the inspiration! Living our sacred dream is why we come here. We all have one to “wake up” and live.

  17. MarVenna,
    You are so welcome! I’m so glad you found our story inspiring. Thank you for commenting.

  18. Such an inspiring success story. Persistence and a positive attitude can make all the difference in the world. Congratulations!

  19. Meryl,
    You are so right, one of the hardest parts of going after your dreams is staying positive. Seth has the great fortune of being an optimist by nature and he made it easy for me to follow. I’m so honored that you found our story inspirational. Thank you so much.

  20. Sherie says:

    What a wonderful story about taking all of the steps necessary to achieve that dream…so much persistence and heart! Way to go!!

  21. Sherie,

    You are so sweet! I really appreciate your support. Thank you so much for commenting. 🙂

  22. “Success doesn’t always look the way we want it to.” I love your story!!! He is now my hero too… 🙂 That’s how you do it; determination, perseverance. You do what you know to do and trust God for the rest!!!! And the BEST? Attitude! Kudos to your hubby…

  23. Tom Holmberg says:

    Hi Christine,
    I really enjoy hearing about people who keep focused on their dreams and attain it. Those who pick the comfortable path in life are rarely rewarded. People like yourself are an inspiration to us all. You and your husband will go far together, keep up the good work!

  24. Elizabeth Maness says:

    Thank you for sharing this story and I’m so happy for you and Seth! How awesome to gather up your strength and keep plowing ahead! I needed that today!

  25. Norma,
    I can’t wait to tell him about your comment. I know it will make his day. 🙂 Thank you so much for your words – you are so kind.

  26. Elizabeth,
    I am so honored that you enjoyed our story! Thank you for commenting. 🙂

  27. Great story Christine! I love how your husband never gave up and contibued to pursue his dream! You two are adorable. Loves the picture:-)

  28. Thanks so much for sharing this story and congratulations to Seth. I love hearing stories of people recognizing that blocks and bumps along the path are only that and that the key is to stay focused on the feeling of the achievement and you can make it happen!

  29. What a fabulous story and congratulations! As a freelance writer I found it hard at first to deal with the rejection letters for my work, but then when the positive responses came it blew all the negatives away completely! Never say never!

  30. What a terrific story of bravery, patience and perseverance – and a happy ending to boot! I’m glad I read this today…my husband and I were fired from our jobs with the same company on the same day a little less than a month ago. I’d already decided to launch my own business, so I had a backup plan. My husband though has been a work-at-home dad for nearly eleven years! He’s dusted off his resume and is in the middle of job searches, which also involves plenty of rejections. I’m going to pass this along to him as a message of sticking with it and not giving up on his (or my) dreams! Great post!

    • Jennifer,
      It can be so hard when you are in the middle of it. But, keep your heads up. Thank you so much for commenting and please keep us updated! I can’t wait to read your “Never Give Up” article! 🙂

  31. AMAZING. You can’t do anything but admire that tenacity. If only more people tried harder. I love (and am lucky) that I am surrounded by both professionally and personally persistent people. I think they help me go after what I want, too. You’re lucky to have Seth!

  32. Oretta Norris says:

    What a wonderfully inspiring story. I throughly enjoyed reading it, many thanks for sharing. 😀

  33. Pat Moon says:

    What a wonderful story of perseverance and attitude! Your husband must to an amazing man..! Life does not always happen the way we plan and expect.. it is our reactions and attitude as we travel through life that gives us true success. We, my husband and I, are in retirement years now, age 70 and it certainly looks different than we had planned but yet we have many, many blessings to be so thankful for.

    • Pat,
      You are so right – “it is our reactions and attitude as we travel though life that gives us true success”. That is such a great way to put it! Thank you so much for commenting. 🙂

  34. This is such an inspiring story!!! I had tears in my eyes, as well, when I read his acceptance. How wonderful the two of you have each-other, as well, because it sounds like you make a terrific team. Congratulations!

    • Lisa,
      I’m so glad that you feel inspired by our story. That moment when he was accepted will live in my mind for all time. Thank you so much for sharing.