Archive for the ‘Perseverance’ Category

What helps luck is a habit of watching for opportunities, of having a patient, but restless mind, of sacrificing one’s ease or vanity, of uniting a love of detail to foresight, and of passing through hard times bravely and cheerfully.

— Victor Cherbuliez (Image Licensed by Penn Wealth)

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Most people never run far enough on their first wind to find out they’ve got a second.

— William James (by Notman Studios; Public Domain)

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Our business in life is not to succeed, but to continue to fail in good spirits. 

—Robert Louis Stevenson (by Henry Walter Barnett; Public Domain)

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When it all feels pointless, when it feels as though working tirelessly doesn’t seem to bring anything to fruition, remember that everything we do moves forward with us and has an ultimate impact. More often than not, just beyond that point where we throw our hands up in the air and say ‘enough!’, we make our breakthrough. The key is to keep moving forward, especially when we least feel like it—as that signals we are getting close. 

—Michael S. Hazell (Image Licensed)

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It is not in the pursuit of happiness that we find fulfillment, it is in the happiness of pursuit.

—Denis Waitley (Image Licensed)

When we are in the grinding drudgery of training, of taking the small actions needed to move us an inch forward, of doing the work we know will go unnoticed, it is incredibly easy to fall into a state of frustration; even despair. What we may not realize is that these are the times of our actual growth. The accolades may be in the arena, but the spiritual development is taking place along every step of that long and arduous journey to the arena. Once we realize this, we discover the happiness of pursuit.  

—Mike Hazell

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Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.

—Theodore Roosevelt (1904, Pach Bros.; Public Domain)

A short quote but packed with a powerful message. It is so easy for us to get dragged down by the minutiae of daily living and lose sight of the grand plan we designed for our lives. Without diligence, we will become consumed with the mundane and lose our focus. It is critical to keep that grand plan in front of us, adjusting it as needed but never abandoning it.

As for remaining grounded, how many great projects have been dreamed up but are destined to fail simply because we were unwilling to do the work required to bring them to fruition? Perhaps we want to be a great athlete, or author, or artist. It is important to visualize—daily—ourselves becoming that person, but our days must be filled with the actual work required to make that happen. For a soccer player, that may mean hour after hour of mundane drills to perfect one particular skill. For an author, that may mean writing and proofing 1,000 words per day, constantly striving to improve form and develop style.

We marvel at the great inventors, artists, entrepreneurs, and athletes. But we never see the daily grind they willingly put themselves through to become great. They always kept their dream alive by doing the work required to move themselves, grueling step by step, down the path toward fulfillment.

—Mike Hazell, Penn Wealth

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Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.

—Henry Ford (by Hartsook, photographer; Public Domain)

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No person who continues to add something to the material, intellectual, and moral well-being of the place in which they live is left long without proper reward.

—Booker T. Washington (1905, by Harris & Ewing; Public Domain)

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Disraeli on Perseverance

Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure.

Disraeli, Benjamin

—Benjamin Disraeli (Public domain)

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The nearer the dawn the darker the night.

Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth

—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Public domain)

If you are truly pursuing one great strategic goal, and you are working with focused effort each day to achieve it, you will get there. More often than not, the tougher the roadblocks being thrown at us, the darker it appears, the nearer we are to our grand goal. That is by Design. The tougher it gets, the more strongly you must pursue your objective with force and determination!


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