Posts Tagged ‘persistence’

I never knew an early-rising, hard-working, prudent person, careful of their earnings and strictly honest, who complained of hard luck. A good character, good habits, and industry of iron are impregnable to the assaults of all ill-luck that fools ever dreamed.

—Joseph Addison (by Sir Godfrey Kneller; Public Domain)

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Remember that in life thou shouldst order thy conduct as at a banquet. Has any dish that is being served reached thee? Stretch forth thy hand and help thyself modestly. Doth it pass thee by? Seek not to detain it. Has it not yet come? Send not forth thy desire to meet it, but wait until it reaches thee. Deal thus with family, thus with office, thus with wealth—and one day thou wilt be met to share in the Great Banquet.

—Epictetus (55 AD – 135 AD; Public Domain)

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The first hundred thousand – that was hard to get; but afterwards, it was easy to make more.

—John Jacob Astor (1825, by John Wesley Jarvis; Public Domain)

It can be extremely frustrating. You have a brilliant business idea, you put everything into it, you work from dawn to dusk, and still…nothing. That could be the story line for the opening chapters of nearly every successful person’s life. Think of all the Americans over the centuries who started with virtually nothing, overcame incredible obstacles, persevered, and finally met with great success in their endeavor.

Some did it earlier in life, while others made it happen at an age when societal norms said they should be in retirement. One common theme connects these individuals: they didn’t accept conventional wisdom, and they stared failure after failure in the face and pressed ahead.

We are constantly being tested. In fact, it is fair to say that is precisely what we are doing here. Spiritual growth is our raison d’être, and that purpose has no expiration date. In this part of the journey we find ourselves on, let us remind ourselves daily that great accomplishment comes because we never backed down and never walked away from the wall in front of us; we hammered away at it day in and day out until it crumbled. What seemed insurmountable from one side appears puny as we look at it through our rear-view mirror.

—Mike Hazell, Penn Wealth

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Luck means the hardships and privations which you have not hesitated to endure, the long nights you have devoted to work. Luck means the appointments you have never failed to keep; the trains you have never failed to catch.

—Max O’Rell (by Herbert Rose Barraud; Public Domain)

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The toughest thing about success is that you’ve got to keep on being a success. Talent is only a starting point in business. You’ve got to keep working that talent.

—Irving Berlin (Public Domain)

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Everyone holds their superstitions. One of mine has always been when I started to go anywhere, or to do anything, never to turn back or to stop until the thing intended was accomplished.

—Ulysses S. Grant (by Mathew Brady; Public Domain)

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Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.

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—James A. Michener 

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