Endurance

“Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory.” William Barclay

Life is not a sprint, but a marathon. Success is not a singular event, but a series of small victories brought together.

It’s not the toss of a coin which determines our fate, but our daily actions.

What we do every single day. What we do constantly, this is what determines the quality of our lives.

No one has it easy. Without this alibi, you begin to realize that it’s all about endurance.

Overcoming difficulties, giving up on bad habits, letting go of negative experiences, holding on when it seems like all is lost.

Perseverance is far more important factor for success than most people like to believe.

Why?

Because being perseverant is within your grasp. Anyone can be so.

You don’t need intelligence, talent, resources, charisma, connections…

You just need to have the mental attitude that you’ll do whatever it takes, no matter what.

It’s that simple.

Yet is, sometimes, the hardest thing to do.

Go on a run to try this out.

When your feet start to give in, when you’re breathing brokenly like a fish out of water, when a million voices tell you to give up, to try another day, that this is useless, that you’ll injure yourself, that you’re not good at this…

Your mind will tell you “no” in a million different ways. Your friends and enemies will tell you “no.” Your loved ones.

And you have to keep telling them “yes.”

That is endurance.

It comes from within. No one can give it to you, no one can take it away if you truly have it.

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Shoot for the moon!

“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”Norman Vincent Peale

Such a simple yet profound statement.

Shoot for the moon. Aim high in life, for there’s no point in playing it safe.

After all, you only have one life to live.

History teaches us that only those who dare greatly, who risk failing miserably, are the ones who achieve greatly.

Fortune favors the bold, the Romans would say.

This is what life is all about: assuming responsibility, mustering up the courage, and going after whatever it is you want will all your being.

Fight for your dreams. Do not go quietly into that good night.

There’s magic in you.

You are descended from warriors.

You can be what you want, have anything you want, as long as you do anything to get it.

Put your heart and soul into what makes you happy.

Shoot for the moon.

Aim towards the impossible.

Do the work.

Don’t question yourself when things go badly.

Fight and keep on fighting even when the odds are stacked against you.

Anything else is a lukewarm approach to life, and no one likes lukewarm.

The measure of a heart

We are funny creatures. As we grow up we learn to describe almost everything with numbers.

The height of a person, their weight, the house they live in, the money they earn…

But numbers give only the cold perspective.

A bitter truth, so to speak.

For numbers can never measure heart. Or want. Or need.

Numbers can’t measure how passionate and enthusiastic someone is about something.

They can’t measure how badly you want something.

No one can see inside your chest.

What matters most is that you know your own heart. That you know what you stand for and what you’re willing to fight for.

You alone can measure your own heart and you alone are responsible to put your heart into whatever it is that you do.

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We are the people

“Where are the people?” resumed the little prince at last. “It’s a little lonely in the desert…”

“It is lonely when you’re among people, too,” said the snake.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

It is said loneliness does not mean having no one around. Being utterly and inconsolably alone. No. Loneliness is the inability to communicate what you feel is important to those around you. Being constantly misunderstood.

Funny.

They say birds of a feather flock together. They say that we become alike the five people we spend most time with. Yet, sometimes, we find ourselves among people who make us feel lonely. Continue reading

Let’s take it to the next level

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Four years ago, I founded irevuo; an online magazine dedicated to promoting aspiring artists of all kinds. Writers, painters, photographers, you name it. You know, the type of website that would review independent movies and self-published books. Continue reading

The little things

thingsWe’ve been told (and we keep on telling ourselves on a regular basis) that life finds a way, that somehow things turn out for the better. That if you want it, you can have it.

Sadly, that’s not true.

Do you know what keeps me up some nights? It’s the fear that somehow I won’t be able to write anymore, that somehow life’s going to take that away from me. And that I won’t be able to find a way, that life just won’t want to present me with a solution. Continue reading

To whom it may concern

letterI’m twenty six years old, and in that short time frame I’ve learned that life is rarely fair. But it goes on. Whether we like it or not, life goes on.

Maybe we live in a dangerous world. Maybe this world has always been “unsafe” for those who weren’t sure what to do.

And I’d like to tell you there’s nothing to be afraid of, I’d like to tell you that failures build a man, that every fall is also a step forward. That what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger…

But the truth is that, most times, what doesn’t kill you makes you wish it did. Continue reading