5 inspirational K-drama female leads who reminds us that giving up is not an option 

These K-drama female leads will inspire you to overcome difficulties and follow your dreams.

The following 5 K-drama female protagonists are examples of people who succeed thanks to a “never give up” attitude, even when life gets hard. 

1. Na Hee Do (Kim Tae Ri) in Twenty Five, Twenty One

If you are going through a tough time in your life, constantly making mistakes, going from failure to failure and losing your enthusiasm, gain motivation from Na Hee Do and her positive mind in Twenty Five, Twenty One. Once dubbed a fencing genius when she was a child, but when growing up, Na Hee Do loses the hype around her because of repeated failures. Even her mother tells her to quit fencing. Her passion is not recognized or supported by anyone except for encouragement from a stranger, Baek Yi Jin. However, there is never a moment when Na Hee Do doubts herself. She keeps on running towards her dream despite failures and obstacles. 

“Everyone told me to give up fencing. But I didn’t. Why? Because I still find it so much fun.”; I lost in so many matches. I can’t let everyday turn into a tragedy only because I lose every time. Laughing makes it easier to forget. You have to forget to move on.”…

It is her perseverance and determination that helps Na Hee Do be selected by the coach, make it into the national fencing team and eventually beat Yoo Rim to win the gold medal.

2. Doctor Chae Song Hwa (Jeon Mi Do) in Hospital Playlist

Chae Song Hwa is a perfect role model that everyone wants to be like in both work and life. She is smart, disciplined and hardworking. As one of the best professors of neurosurgery in Yulje Medical Center, Chae Song Hwa not only kills it at her job, but also inspires colleagues, juniors and is loved and respected by her patients. As a friend, she is someone who is never late to any hangout, and always in charge of every party. 

Jeon Mi Do

Chae Song Hwa is a strong evidence that if you focus on your goals, be diligent and resilient, success will come to you. At the same time, it is important to make time for having fun and social relationships.

3. Seo Dal Mi (Bae Suzy) in Start Up

Her parents divorced, she couldn’t go to college because her family didn’t have the money, she had to do all kinds of part-time jobs to make ends meet. But all these difficulties don’t stop Seo Dal Mi from being ambitious and moving forward to have a better life. She quits her part-time job, sets a big goal of getting into Sand Box and starting her own company as a CEO: “I want to be on the 32nd floor.” Despite her background and education, Seo Dal Mi still proves herself to be a smart, proactive, positive individual who constantly strives in a challenging environment. She is eventually chosen as one of the few CEOs who run startup companies. 

Seo Dal Mi-Bae Suzy-Start Up

The way Seo Dal Mi lives and runs towards her goals teaches us a great lesson that family background, degrees and money should not stand in the way of achieving our dreams. To accomplish your goals, big or small, you need bravery, determination and a willingness to learn.

4. An Jeong Ha (Park So Dam) in Record Of Youth

Sometimes, life can be too tiring because of many negative things like the daily rat race or failure. But all of us have the right to choose to accept defeat or move forward.  And Record Of Youth‘s female lead An Jeong Ha chose to work towards the goal and achieve it.

An Jeong Ha-Park So Dam-Record Of Youth

She dreams of becoming a professional makeup artist and has her own studio. However, that journey was not so easy. An Jeong Ha went to study makeup at a salon where she was treated badly by the senior makeup artists. She also had to face other heartbreaks in her life from family to relationship issues. When all the worst things happen, An Jeong Ha is still optimistic, cheerful, she is always consistent with her dream and tries to make it come true.

5. Choi Ae Ra (Kim Ji Won) in Fight For My Way

Choi Ae Ra is like today’s women who are always trying to make a living during the day but cry due to exhaustion and stress at the end of the day. These people really struggle between making a living and realizing their dreams. Even if they wake up earlier, go to bed later and be more hard-working than many people, they are not necessarily more successful. However, Choi Ae Ra teaches us an important lesson, which is not to be desperate and pessimistic but just live to the fullest, just like how Choi Ae Ra got her dream job of becoming a TV reporter.

Choi Ae Ra-Kim Ji Won-Fight For My Way

Choi Ae Ra motivates us to focus and persevere through difficulties to reach our goals in life.

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