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Persistence

Most people quit. It’s as simple as that. Most people quit. It’s no secret…successful people never quit. If there is a secret…it’s that persistence is a main ingredient to winning at anything. It frequently comes down to being just that simple…that success hinges on simply never giving up.

Calvin Coolidge said: “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 alone are omipotent. The slogan “Press On” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”

It’s been my experience that people don’t fail, they just quit trying. To quit while you’re ahead is silly…to quit while you’re behind is even sillier. I’ve heard it said that often it’s not the wrong start, but the wrong stop that makes the difference between success and failure.

As I said, most people quit. People who’ve made a habit of quitting see persistence as an “optional extra”. They learn to quit early and often. This is good news for those of us who have decided to NEVER give up. It means that if we just keep sticking it out, in a very short time, we’ll be in front of most because most people are quitters. Remember, a big shot is simply a little shot that kept on shooting.

Never consider the possibly the failure. Never give quitting any mental space. Decide in advance to hold on, no matter what happens. Refuse to quit. I have a saying for myself; I WILL NEVER QUIT! WHY? BECAUSE IT’S MY CHOICE, I WILL NEVER QUIT! The longer you persist, the more convinced you will become that nothing will stop you…and soon nothing will. Simple resolve to not ever give up. This will change your life forever like nothing else. Persistence is to the character of man as carbon is to steel. ~ Mack Newton

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