World Cup! South Korea’s Persistence

By Cheryl Koo | Education

Jul 05
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The South Korean soccer team has made its mark on history by beating Germany in a stunning reversal of fate. The 4 times World Cup winner certainly admitted that they “deserved to lose”.

“At the moment it is hard to say [why we have been eliminated]. The disappointment of us being eliminated is just huge. We didn’t deserve to be winning the World Cup again, we didn’t deserve to move into the last 16.”

“Our team in this match was missing the ease of play and the classiness that we normally display. Also the dynamism that led to the goal-scoring opportunities was not there, so we deserve to be eliminated,” he concluded.

However, credit should be given where due. The South Korea team certainly gave the match their all, putting everything on the line and persevering even when the world was against it. Goalkeeper Hyun-Woo Cho made seven outstanding saves, each better than the next. The rest of the team duked it with Germany’s team, committing a total of 15 fouls to Germany’s 6, resulting in 4 of their members receiving yellow cards.

Although they were still eliminated from the World Cup, South Korea has definitely gotten the world’s respect and attention.

Persistence is applicable to anything. It’s an important lesson to learn for all of us on all our different walks of life. So here’s 7 quotes on why persistence is always worth it!


Being persistent means there is a greater chance that you will get there in the end. It’s not absolutely guaranteed, but it does boost the possibility of you getting what you want. You’ve heard the sayings like ‘slow and steady wins the race’, and there is some truth to that.


If you never try, you’ll never succeed. The moment you give up on struggling for what you want, you will lose the chance to attain it. The South Korean team never gave up the fight for the goal, and eventually defeated the team that nobody thought they could. Isn’t that the best example?


There’s a lot to thinking yourself into a positive and successful frame of mind. If you are determined to achieve something, you may create success through your determination. Some of the most successful people got where they are because they were determined to succeed and kept on trying until they got there. Follow their example, and never give up.


Sometimes people give you negative messages and tell you you’re not good enough or that you can’t achieve your dreams. Proving them wrong can be extremely satisfying. Show that you’ve got what it takes, and that they don’t know what they’re talking about!


Do you feel despondent and think that you might as well give up because you’re a long way from getting where you want to be? You might be very wrong – success could be just around the corner if you just keep trying. So make that call or send in that job application – you could be much closer than you think to achieving your dreams!


Even when you don’t succeed, there are still positive gains to be made. Mistakes are a good learning tool that help us to do better next time. So if you persist you can use the experience you’ve gained to improve upon your previous efforts. If something is worth having, surely it’s worth putting in the effort to achieve it?


Sometimes what you need is to break out of a negative cycle in which you’ve convinced yourself that you’re bound to fail. Persisting can help you change your way of thinking into a more positive mindset that will help you succeed.

And doing well will also reinforce a new way of thinking that will help you in the future.

Persistence nearly always pays off, although you do need to recognise when you need to abandon something that isn’t working. So muster all the determination you can find, and keep going until you achieve your goals! What do you want to achieve in the next year?

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