Persistence: key to success!


Do you want to accomplish something in life? Be like the stonecutter. Jacob Riis says, “Look at the stone cutter hammering away at the rock, perhaps a 100 times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet, at the 101st blow, it will split in two and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before.” Whatever you want to accomplish in life will require persistence. Champion race car driver Rick Mears says, ”To finish first, you must first finish.”

All things come to those who persistently go after them. Perseverance is the result of a strong will. Stubbornness is the result of a strong won’t. Montesquieu said, “Success often depends on knowing how long it will take to succeed.” The secret of success is: never let down and never let up. Consider what Proverbs says: “Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings.”

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Many times, success consists of hanging on one minute longer. Calvin Coolidge said, “‘Press on’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” You will find that persistent people always have this attitude: they never lose the game, they just run out of time. Compte de Buffon says, “Hold on; hold fast, hold out. Patience is genius.”

Joel Hause said, “You may be whatever you resolve to be. Determine to be something in the world and you will be something. ‘I cannot’ never accomplished anything, ‘I will try’ haswrought wonders.” Herbert Caufman adds, “Spurts don’t count. The final score makes no mention of a splendid start,ifthe finish proves that you were ‘an also ran’.”

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Keep in mind the words of Hamilton Holt: “Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Half effort does not produce half results. It produces no results. Work, continuous work and hard work, is the only way to accomplish results that last.” No one finds life worth living. You must make it worth living.

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “The great majority of men are bundles of beginnings.” I agree with Charles Kettering when he said: “Keep on going and the chances are you will stumble on something perhaps when you are least expecting it.” Be like the bulldog: “The nose of the bulldog is slanted backwards, so he can continue to breathe without letting go” (Winston Churchill).

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Persistence prevails when all else fails. The truth is that persistence is a bitter plant, but it has sweet fruit. Joseph Ross said, “It takes time to succeed because success is merely the natural reward of taking time to do anything well.” Persistence is the quality that is most needed when it is exhausted. Victory always comes to the most persevering.

Culled from Know Your Limits – Then Ignore Them by John Mason




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