Most people tend to be very short-sighted. You have probably seen or heard about the test that was done to children. Each child is left in a room with a candy on the table. They are given the choice to eat that candy now, or not eat it and wait for more that will come later. Many of the children cannot resist the temptation to take what they want now – regardless how bright the future promises may be.
Each of us is so easily swayed by the “bright, shiny objects” that come into view. They often distract us from the goal or the dream that we have set out on.
People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don’t know when to quit. . ~ Author Unknown
During my life, I have attained three academic degrees. There were times when things were really getting tough – the work load was overwhelming, the grades weren’t what I had hoped, the money was really short – that it would have been very appealing to leave it all behind and choose an easier life. Perseverance and a commitment to my goals was the only thing to get me through those times.
It is so easy to quit. Then there will be no more risk. Then money won’t be so tight. Then I won’t have so much stress in my life. But, do we have our eyes firmly fixed on our dreams? Are we convinced that we are going to get there? Once we know where we are going, perseverance is necessary to get there.
It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up. ~ Babe Ruth
Does perseverance guarantee success? Isn’t it possible to persevere after the wrong thing? Yes it is. And that is part of the beauty of the challenges and failures. If you take the risk to follow your dreams, and you have surrounded yourself with people to help, encourage, and advise you, you will have to face failures – or at least criticism. Those failures and criticisms are always challenging your dream. They should be forcing you to ask, “Is it worth it? Is this what I really want? What difference will it make if I attain this goal or not.” Every stone like this along your road, helps you clarify your dream. Maybe it needs modification. Maybe you become more convinced that this is important. But if you just quit right away, you never give these challenges a chance to do their work.
So, if you have done your work to find your friends, and develop your dream, and take the risks necessary to start following your dream, don’t be quick to give it up. Perseverance will lead you along the road to success.