Success is often the result of perseverance. When others give up, leave, stop trying, or compromise their principles and values, the last person left is often the person who wins. Other people may be smarter, better connected, more talented, or better funded. But they can’t win if they aren’t around at the end.
Sometimes it makes sense to give up on ideas, projects, and even quit the job – but just don’t give up on yourself. The one thing you can always be is the last person to give up on yourself. We may not be the first, but we can always be the last.
Do at least one thing each day that no one else is willing to do. Just one thing. Even if it’s simple. Even if it’s small. Do one thing every day. After a week, you’ll be uncommon. After a month, you’ll be special. After a year, you will be incredible.
They say that the race is not always to the swift, but to those who keep on running. In other words, the only true failure is giving up. Achieving the unlikely has very little to do with extraordinary ability. In most cases, it is a matter of staying the course in the face of adversity, rejection and failure.
Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
– Winston Churchill