Persistence and Perseverence: Keep On Keepin’ On…

Persistence Pays

Never Give Up

Persistence Pays.  Winston Churchill gave a famous speech  on perseverance to  students. He said,

“The pessimist sees the problems in every opportunity. Whereas the optimist sees the opportunity in every problem”

“Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense”


Success is a journey, and often a monotonous one. Sometimes we need to simply put one foot in front of the other and keep on keeping on. I remember when I was lost in the Arizona desert in summer without a hat (big mistake!). I was awfully tempted to just sit down, but I kept on keeping on. After what seemed like an eternity, I finally made it to the ranch. Perseverance saved my life. Below is one of my favorite poems:  (I gave it on a plaque to a bride and groom when I was “Best Man.”)

Don’t Quit – by John Greenleaf Whittier
When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don’t quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As everyong of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out,
Dont’ give up though the pace seems slow,
You may succeed with another blow.
Success is falure turned inside out,
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.
For all the sad words of tongue or pen,
The saddest are these: “It might have been!”

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