“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”Calvin Coolidge

They say it’s not how good you are, but how good you want to be.

They say it’s all about will power.

I agree.

When the world says, “Give up,” Hope whispers, “Try one more time.”
Hope. Man’s greatest strength and biggest weakness.

People used to believe in the power of intelligence when it came to success in life. IQ was believed to be the determinant factor in the quality of one’s life. Then it kind of changed. Emotional intelligence was found to be more important.

Recently, though, we are beginning to understand that hope is what truly makes the difference.

The ability to believe with all your heart that your fortune will change, that you will become who you want to be, regardless of your situation today, regardless of how you’re feeling right now.

The ability to do what’s important, even when you don’t feel like it, because you hope that your efforts will pay off sometime in the future.

“Stubbornly persist, and you will find that the limits of your stubbornness go well beyond the stubbornness of your limits.”Robert Brault

You are reading this post because I have been writing for almost 14 years. You are reading this post because I spent 10 of those years writing by myself, with no one to support or encourage me.

Actually, everyone (friends, family) told me to quit.

They told me to be realistic and just do what normal people do.

“Persistence is very important. You should not give up unless you are forced to give up.”Elon Musk

What do normal people do anyways?

They give up easily? They settle for less than they desire? Less than they deserve?

I don’t know, but if that is one of the components of being normal, call me whatever you like, but I am glad I’m not normal.

“When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

When I first started writing, someone told me that I was either fourteen or a retard. They said I’ll never make it as a writer.

A few more said kind of the same thing.

And, yes, I was fourteen years old, and, yes, I was writing crap.

But guess what?

I didn’t give up.

No matter how hopeless everything seemed, I kept on writing.

Even if it meant the end of me, even if it meant me starving to death, writing stuff that no one would ever read.

“Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.”Walter Elliott

I failed and I failed and I failed. And I keep on failing. And I keep being told “no.” And I struggle to write, struggle to gather ideas, struggle for inspiration or motivation, and there are days when it seems as if all is lost…

Days when I don’t feel like writing. When I feel bored or lonely or whatever. Days when I feel depressed, tired, suicidal.

But guess what?

I laugh inside at all these feelings. Because underneath it all lies something, some force, some part of me that knows it’s invincible.

A part of me that will never give up without a good fight. A part of me that knows it’s impossible to beat someone who doesn’t give up.


9 thoughts on “Persistence

  1. It depends on what you mean by being a writer. Everyone on this site is a writer of sorts. Every day we can pick up a newspaper and it is full of writers called journalists, but no reader remembers what they wrote a month ago. Walk into a book shop and cast your eye over the latest paperbacks ; not many of them will be there next year.
    I wonder how many novels are produced in English each year ?and how many of them will be being read in a hundred years time?
    There are the classics passed from generation to generation that seem to pass the test of time.
    With persistence you must have talent and that is a gift . Without talent all the persistence in the world is of no avail.

  2. I definitely think it’s an admirable quality to have! Persistence is very important, but I think in most cases talent needs to be present too. For me, they are both of equal value. Together, they form a great path to success, but without one of them the path will be much more difficult to construct. Then again, you can learn techniques and skills in order to get better at your craft, but it’s very difficult (maybe even impossible) for a person to ‘learn’ persistence. Keep doing what you’re doing and you’ll get there!

  3. A lot of people project on to you how they see you. You know who you really are in life. And the hardest people to sway is friends and family. But you have to say screw it, go for the gusta. This is one at bat make it count

  4. In several books I have read, the issue of talent versus hard work has been discussed. Persistence, trying continually to improve, even in the face of little progress (as you described-even other’s suggesting you quit!) is what stands out as important. Talent may help in that it can give you hope- you seem to be good so you are encouraged. Our blog is dedicated to persistence in the form of a cat, Maui, who never gave up and trained himself to use his back legs after he had lost their use–he just kept trying to walk, climb then jump and run. Maybe he just didn’t understand when the vet said he wouldn’t be able to use his legs again,

  5. It is no coincidence I am reading this today. God must have led me to this. I feel like giving up. I am a former couch potato training to run in a 5K. I have been running for three weeks and I can not run for more than one minute. I run for a minute, walk for two, run for two and so on. I do this for 30 minutes three times a week and I cross train two times a week. I found ladies like me, in their fifties. One woman following my “From couch potato to running” plan and she can run for twenty five minutes. So I feel like giving up. Let me go back and read your blog again….

    • We are only motivated to do the things that are easy… keep this is mind. Don’t feel like running? Run. If running is difficult, keep running. Run, run, run. If you feel like giving up, keep going. I promise, the reward will be far greater than you can imagine right now.

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