50 Words to Your Dreams Chapter 43 Persistence by Michael George Knight



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Persistence is continuing a course of action in spite of difficulties and opposition. Persistence is not sexy, is not easy, is time consuming, repetitive and monotonous. Persistence with you taking action on your goals, working on them each day, week, month, year and grinding is what it takes to reach your success. Remember, many small blows of the axe will fall the largest oak. It’s not what you do once in a while that counts, it’s what you do persistently that counts.


Persistence and grinding is what makes winning worth it. Only through consistent action and perseverance do our dreams start to shape in front of our eyes. Remember, it takes 10 years of persistent work to create an overnight success. Persistence is the key that unlocks all of your dreams. Failure to persist and you persistently fail.



Think for a moment of all the greatest wonders of the world that man has built. From The Great Pyramid of Giza, The Taj Mahal, The Great Wall of China, The Colosseum, The Burj Khalifa and many more wonderful engineering masterpieces man has built. Now without the magic of persistence none of these wonders would not have been built. The persistence to overcome obstacles, the persistence to overcome criticism, the persistence to overcome lack of resources, the persistence to work without seeing results right away. The best and greatest achievements, feats and records only come about through constant applied persistence. Becoming so singly focused on one task that nothing can stand in your way. Become the type of person that doesn’t give up and become the type of person that persist in spite of external circumstances.



Persisting until is the only thing you can do to achieve your dreams. The only other choice is failure, which only occurs when you stop persisting and give up on your dreams. Remember failure is usually feedback to start again more intelligently. Persist until you did what you set out to do. Persisting is what sets the doers apart from the rest who tried, failed and stopped trying. Let the below illustrate how persistence directly correlates with the chances of success.

“I won’t” – 0%

“I can’t – 10%

“I don’t know how” – 20%

“I wish I could” – 30%

“I want to” – 40%

“I think I might” – 50%

“I might” – 60%

“I think I can” – 70%

“I can” – 80%

“I am” – 90%

“I did – 100%



  • 97% of the people who quit too soon are employed by the 3% that never gave up. (Unknown)
  • A constant hammering on one nail will generally drive it home at last. (P.T. Barnum)
  • A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success. (Elbert Hubbard)
  • Adapting and adopting a form of non-destructive ruthlessness, you will gain the freedom necessary to achieve effective execution of your life’s tasks. (Chin-Ning Chu)
  • Almost every great achievement has been created by many years of concerted effort. (David Deangelo)
  • Ambition is the path to success, persistence is the vehicle you arrive in. (William Eardley IV)
  • As long as we are persistent in our pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow. We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom. It happens in its own time. (Denis Waitley)
  • Back your goals and plans with persistence and determination. Never consider the possibility of failure. Never think about quitting. Decide to hold on, no matter what happens. And as long as you refuse to quit, you must eventually be successful. (Brian Tracy)
  • Brick walls are there for a reason: they let us prove how badly we want things. (Randy Pausch)
  • By endurance we conquer. (Ernest Shackleton)
  • Commitment is the driving force that makes it impossible to rest until you have accomplished your goals. (Jack Collis)
  • Consistency is the key, it’s not what you do once in a while, it’s what you do consistently that shapes your destiny, consistency creates excellence. (Anthony Robbins)
  • Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence, is the key to unlocking our potential. (Winston Churchill)
  • Determination motivates people to incredible feats of creativity. (Zig Ziglar)
  • Do you know what dogged determination is? It’s getting a heart grip on something and refusing to let go until you’ve mastered it. Dogged determination is the true mark of a winner. (Dexter Yager)
  • Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence. (Ovid)
  • Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit. (Napoleon Hill)
  • Energy and persistence conquer all things. (Benjamin Franklin)
  • Everything comes if a man will only wait. I have brought myself by long mediation to the conviction that a human being with a settled purpose must accomplish it, and that nothing can resist a will that will stake even existence for its fulfillment. (Benjamin Disraeli)
  • Failure cannot cope with persistence. (Napoleon Hill)
  • Few men during their lifetime come anywhere near exhausting the resources dwelling within them. There are deep wells of strength that are never used. (Richard Byrd)
  • Genius, when you look more closely at it usually turns out to be the result of uncommon dedication to a task. (Orison Swett Marden)
  • Good things come to those who believe, better things come to those who are patient and the best things come to those who don’t give up. (Unknown)
  • Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance. (Samuel Johnson)
  • How long should you try? Until (Jim Rohn)
  • I do not think that there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature. (John D. Rockefeller)
  • I will persist until I succeed. (Og Mandino)
  • If the goal is worth achieving, it is worth working for patiently and persistently. (Brian Tracy)
  • If you want to be rich, never give up. People tend to give up. If you have persistence, you will come out ahead of most people. More importantly, you will learn. When you do something, you might fail. But that’s not because you’re a failure. It’s because you have not learnt enough. Do it differently each time. One day, you will do it right. Failure is your friend. (Jordan Belfort)
  • If you want to get somewhere you have to know where you want to go and how to get there. Then never, never, never give up. (Norman Vincent Peale)
  • Impossible, when spelled out, stands for ‘I’m possible’ (Unknown)
  • Intelligence accounts for only a fraction of the reason for success. Grit has value for people at all levels of ability. (Zig Ziglar)
  • It’s not the stronger one who wins. It’s the one who was the most persistent. Never give up. (Doe Zantamata)
  • It’s the constant and determined effort that breaks down all resistance, sweeps away all obstacles. (Claude M. Bristol)
  • Keep going, no matter what you do, no matter how many times you screw up and think to yourself, “there’s no point to carry on”, no matter how many people tell you that you can’t do it – keep going. Don’t quit. Don’t quit, because a month from now you will be that much closer to your goal than you are now. Yesterday you said tomorrow. Make today count. (Unknown)
  • Keep pushing through to achieve what you need to do. Go as far as you can see, and then you’ll see farther. (Unknown)
  • Living your vision is a commitment. It demands time and dedication. (Lewis Howes)
  • Majority of men meet with failure, because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail. (Napoleon Hill)
  • Most of the important things in the world have been accompanied by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all. (Dale Carnegie)
  • No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying. (Anthony Robbins)
  • Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than 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 omnipotent. The slogan ‘press on’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. (Calvin Coolidge)
  • Obsessed is just a word the lazy use to describe dedicated. (Russell Warren)
  • Obstacles can’t stop you. Problems can’t stop you. Most of all, other people can’t stop you. Only you can stop you. (J. Gitomer)
  • Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. (Thomas Edison)
  • Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success. (Napoleon Hill)
  • Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities. It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak. (Thomas Carlyle)
  • Persistence is a unique mental strength; a strength that is essential to combat the fierce power of the repeated rejections and numerous other obstacles that sit in waiting and are all part of winning in a fast-moving, ever-changing world. (Bob Proctor)
  • Persistence is actually self-discipline in action. (Brian Tracy)
  • Persistence is simply another word for faith. If you didn’t have faith, you would never persist. (Earl Nightingale)
  • Press on. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. (Ray Knoc)
  • Promise yourself you’ll never give up. (Jim Rohn)
  • Remember, the easy road often becomes hard, and the hard road often become easy. (Robert Kiyosaki)
  • Show me a really great triumph that is not the reward of persistence. (Orison Swett Marden)
  • Some give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal; while others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than ever before. (Herodotus)
  • Sometimes it appears that there’s a hidden guide someplace whose duty it is to test men and women through all sorts of discouraging experiences. Those who pick themselves up and keep trying after getting knocked down, arrive. It’s an uncanny things, but it works. And this hidden guide lets no one enjoy great achievement without passing the persistence test, it seems. And those who can’t take it simply don’t make the grade. (Earl Nightingale)
  • Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go. (William Feather)
  • That which we persist in doing becomes easier not that the nature of the task has changed, but our ability to do has increased. (Stephen R. Covey)
  • The last dejected effort often becomes the winning stroke. (W.J. Cameron)
  • The longer you hang in there, the greater the chance that something will happen in your favour. (Jack Canfield)
  • The major difference between the big shot and the little shot is the big shot is just a little shot who kept on shooting. (Zig Ziglar)
  • The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. (Chinese Proverb)
  • The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. (Thomas Edison)
  • There is no substitute for persistence! It cannot be supplanted by any other quality. (Napoleon Hill)
  • To reach a port we must sail, sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it. But we must not drift or lie at anchor. (Oliver Wendell Holmes)
  • Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting. (Napoleon Hill)
  • We are made to persist. That’s how we find out who we are. (Tobias Wolff)
  • We often have to try different approaches to the same problem, to reformulate the question, to refine the experimental conditions. Persistence and patience in pursing the goal is important. (Adrienne Clark)
  • When you feel like giving up, remember why you held on for so long in the first place (Unknown)
  • When you reach that place where most people would give in and give up, keep giving it another shot. (Karen Salmansohn)
  • Will power is but the unflinching purpose to carry a task you set for yourself to fulfilment. (George Clason)




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