TEXT 21: PERSISTENCE
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common that unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination are the best qualities to have. The slogan “Press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
Persistence is the ability to keep acting, regardless of your feelings.
When you are working on any important goal, you’ll sometimes feel motivated you won’t. But it’s not your motivation that will produce results, it’s your actions. Persistence allows you don’t feel motivated to do so. You press on even when you feel like quitting.
Persistence will provide motivation. If you simply keep taking action, you’ll eventually get results, and results can be very motivating.
In order to make room for new goals, we have to complete or leave aside old ones. Sometimes new goals are so inspiring that there’s no time to complete old ones, and they have to be abandoned half-finished. It might be discomforting to do this, but sometimes it’s necessary.
The hard part is consciously deciding to abandon and old project, knowing it will never be finished.
The value of persistence does not come from stubbornly maintaining your commitment to a goal that no longer directs you to self-growth. Rather, it comes from a vision of the future that’s so compelling you would give almost anything to make it real.
Persistence of action comes from persistence of vision. When you have a clear and constant vision of what you want, you’ll be consistent in your actions. And that consistency of action will produce.