The power of perseverance

We all have dreams, aspirations, and visions, but sometimes it seems as if our struggles, setbacks, and even failures drain us away from achieving them, thereby making us lose interest in pursuing these dreams or visions.

According to Abdul Kalam “never stop fighting until you arrive at your destined place that is, the unique you. Have an aim in life, continuously acquire knowledge, work hard, and have the perseverance to realize the great life.”

Take time to reflect on this powerful message. Why persevere? Come to think of it, what is perseverance? I would define it as refusing to give up or even to let go despite the obstacles, disappointments, or challenges.

As humans, it is important we understand that the road to success might not be smooth for most of us, it might take a while or perhaps longer than we expect. Nevertheless, perseverance opens our minds to the understanding that giving up is, and will never be an option.  It teaches us to learn to never accept to be failures, no matter how many times we fail.

It is a virtue of success, it teaches patience, encourages faith, and pushes one to work toward his or her dream no matter the challenges.

Consider the lives of great and successful men in the world today, perseverance is a drive to their success. Stephen King, a successful writer is one of the great men who has inspired me to persevere. He struggled for years to get his content to the world, yet he got rejected. He endured failure but never accepted it, rather he kept moving forward, he kept chasing his dreams till he made it. Now that is perseverance.

Keep in mind that your commitment to your goals enhances your values and heightens your motivation and this is what you tend to achieve when you persevere. I know challenges can be very overwhelming, but keep pushing. It could be delayed, that doesn’t mean denial. Stay focus, don’t look back, keep aspiring, walk towards your dream. Like Samuel Johnson stated, “Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.” Persevere, you will get to that finish line with pride knowing how far you have come.


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