As long as we persevere and endure, we can get anything we want. ~ Mike Tyson
A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. ~ Christopher Reeve
The will to persevere is often the difference between failure and success. ~ David Sarnoff
The ability to persevere is one of those character traits that so many of us hope we not only possess, but instill and develop in our children. When we are in a tough space, the ability to continue to persevere is imperative. We have to struggle against the desire to curl up in a ball and hide from the world. It is the will to fight, the understanding that there is no way that life is going to get us down – we will fight until things are better.
Perseverance can also involve learning a new skill – whether it is playing a musical instrument or becoming an accomplished athlete. These things do not happen overnight, but rather, with hours of dedication. My oldest daughter really struggled to learn to play the piano – she was always terribly frustrated that her new pieces would sound horrible until she had practiced for a few days. She hated that the pieces were not perfect from the beginning…. in the end, piano was not for her – but she is very happy playing the drums!
Today, 159 days ’til 40, I remind myself to persevere in life – in order to muddle through rough circumstances, and also to better myself with new talents and abilities.