The definition of perseverance goes a little something like this: Continuing in a course of action without regard to discouragement, opposition or previous failure. It’s the ability to wake every morning with the same hunger you had as the day before, disregarding any previous letdowns or kicks to the nuts. It’s the acknowledgement of knowing that your balls are big enough to achieve whatever it is you’re after.
Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.
Now sure, we all aim to persevere and persist through life; committing to our glorified goals and highly dreamt fantasies, but what really differentiates you, me, from the rest? What’s that X-factor? Because God knows at least eight out of ten people have the most shallowest of entrepreneurial qualities, sharing overwhelmingly cheesy and slightly irritating quotes on “Insta” with a selfie that shows more cleavage than Miranda Kerr, explaining how “life is a journey, I’m in it to win it.” Please. Susshhh. You’re killing me.
Victory belongs to the most persevering.
Beliefs. Deeply held beliefs that are so deeply rooted within who you are as a character, that you sleep, eat and breathe them. Endeavors that you allow to become a part of your life, a part of your existence that you will never doubt or question. A part that you will never secure with a “Plan B,” because the minute you do, you’ve unconsciously admitted defeat.
Allow me to introduce you to a character who I personally believe to have an amazing amount of heart and who persevered through 13 years of sh*t, before actually “making it.” Though as an aspiring entrepreneur, maybe I shouldn’t be using the word sh*t – but 13 years of receiving the word “no.” Kevin Hart. Do you understand what it takes to keep on going after years and years of failure (especially if you’re is 5′ 4″)? Do you understand the courage, belief and sheer persistence it takes to actually make it happen when you’ve gone through over a decade of letdowns? I really don’t think you do. I really don’t think I do. Unless you have fought for something for over 10 years, and gone through that overwhelming physiological pressure, I don’t think anyone does. Anyways, the point is this; if you believe in what your doing and, from the bottom of your heart, know deep down inside your gut that you will make it, maybe not now, maybe not in five years, but that you will make it, don’t stop! For goodness sake, do not stop! Filter out all the bullsh*t, embrace all the hatred and above all, persevere and work on your craft, because if you do, you’ll feel something so above and beyond euphoric you’ll know right then and there that it was all worth it.
Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Proving nature’s laws wrong, it learned to walk without having feet. Funny, it seems to by keeping it’s dreams; it learned to breathe fresh air. Long live the rose that grew from concrete when no one else even cared.
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