The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. ~Nelson Mandela Normally when I am in the car I listen to podcasts and audiobooks, but recently I was running around town with my daughter in the car. The radio was on. We heard two songs (and what must have been a dozen adverts!), and they could not have further apart. The first song made me depressed : James Arthur’s rendition of ‘Impossible’. The title alone should have made me cringe but the song was enough to make me want to drive the car into the first big tree we saw! Impossible Fortunately the next song played was P!NK’s ‘Try’. The contrast could not have been greater and the irony was completely lost on the presenter. Try Impossible? I just can’t get my head around it. Why be so negative? The topic of P!NK’s song is no more exciting; both songs are about finding and losing love, and even the tone in both is quite minor. But the title (try) and message in the song is so much more positive. Got to get up and try try try. This theme of trying, of getting up every time we fall, is often quoted as one of life’s greatest achievements and a mark of a life lived to the fullest. I certainly have tried, fallen and tried again many times so far and will no doubt do so many times more. This wisdom is as old as philosophy and has most recently been attributed to Nelson Mandela. In a perfect antidote to seemingly impossible obstacles Mr Mandela kept his composure and tried, tried, tried. Rising every time he fell. It pays us well to remember one of his other great quotes: “It always seems impossible until it’s done” Whether you are rallying a people, a nation, yourself or your team: you’ve got to get up and try try try….