Sunday, August 30, 2015


My Dear Son:

Another quality involved in successfully disciplining yourself is perseverance. When you persevere, you tie a knot and hang onto the idea that whatever you persist in practicing will ultimately reward you. And you stop persevering if the goal you're aiming at loses its purpose or its meaning for you.

There's a saying that success can be one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. I've found that, for the most part, this is true. Concepts and ideas can rush headlong into your life and inspire you, even tantalize you like the glare of a ten-karat diamond.

I'm here to tell you that you can float for days, even weeks on inspiration. But at some point, the fascination of the North star that at first attracted you will lose its glow, and the only sheen you'll see in its place is the shine of your own sweat.

Persistence comes easier to some personalities over others. If stick-to-it-iveness isn't one of your finer suits, you can still manage to develop perseverance. Part of staying with a pursuit is certainly founded on the original inspiration and love for that pursuit. Not getting ahead of yourself is another; taking your tasks in bites, not gulps. Continuing through the tough times because your task still holds purpose for you is key to persevering.

We'll talk more later about purpose and knowing when it's wise not to persist, or when quitting and destroying becomes necessary in order to reestablish purpose. But for now, trim your sails and don't be afraid to tack through rough waters!

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