Perseverance - Rise Up Don't Give Up


I will persist until I succeed. Always will I take another step. If that is of no avail I will take another, and yet another. In truth, one step at a time is not too difficult.... I know that small attempts, repeated, will complete any undertaking."

Og Mandino

You Must Persist - Not Resist

What is perseverance? It is persistent determination. Even by reading the word or hearing the word perseverance, will give you energy and packs a powerful punch.

Perseverance is the foundation of great achievers. It is the cornerstone of talent. It's the brother to determination. This determination can be found in every walk of life and in every age. We succeed because we are determined to succeed, not destined to succeed.

I think many of us are determined people. We keep practicing our craft, over and over again. We want to become better writers, singers, teachers, mechanics, parents. The greatest achievers don't simply sit back and wait for success to come along. they These achievers keep moving forward and persevering because they are determined. There's just not getting around it, persistence is the key to success.

When we persevere there is nothing, not one thing, that will stop us.

Actor Tom Hanks
Actor Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks - Example of Perseverance

Actor Tom Hanks is an example of perseverance. He has been called a modern day Jimmy Stewart. Not only is he an award-winning actor, but he also expanded his efforts into writing, directing and producing.

You might be thinking that he was destined to succeed but that wasn’t the case. In his early years he wanted to act in commercials but could not break in. He auditioned for television shows repeatedly but was constantly rejected. He never gave up. He had a dream and he would keep trying to reach that dream no matter what. Finally in 1980, he landed a steady job on a sitcom called "Bosom Buddies." He was only paid $5,000 per episode and the sitcom only lasted two years. But the exposure finally led to his first big break which was a starring role in the movie "Splash."

Tom never let rejection keep him from his goals. He persevered. He just kept right on going, accepting small parts in movies, doing what he had to do. Today he has made over sixty movies earning millions of dollars per film. Was his success his destiny? No.

Tom Hanks had determination and that is what brought him success.

Sir Winston Churchill
Sir Winston Churchill

Excerpt From Winston Churchill's Speech Of Oct. 29, 1941

“Never, never, never, never give up.” Winston Churchill

These famous words, in my opinion, are words to live by. Here is an excerpt from Churchill's inspiring speech delivered Oct 29, 1941. I have provided a link to the entire speech at the conclusion of this excerpt.

"You cannot tell from appearances how things will go. Sometimes imagination makes things out far worse than they are; yet without imagination not much can be done. Those people who are imaginative see many more dangers than perhaps exist; certainly many more than will happen; but then they must also pray to be given that extra courage to carry this far-reaching imagination."

"But for everyone, surely, what we have gone through in this period--I am addressing myself to the School--surely from this period of ten months, this is the lesson:

"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. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.

Churchills Famous Speech

Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison
Mark Twain
Mark Twain
Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln

Be Better - Not Bitter

I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work - Thomas Edison

If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything.- Mark Twain

I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live up to what light I have. - Abraham Lincoln

One of my favorite writers, John C. Maxwell, has this to say about perseverance. “Perseverance draws sweetness out of adversity”. He continues, “The trials and pressures of life-and how we face them – often define us. Confronted by adversity, many people give up while others rise up. How do those who succeed do it? They persevere. They find the benefit to them personally that comes from any trial. And they recognize that the best thing about adversity is coming out on the other side of it. There is a sweetness to overcoming your troubles and finding something good in the process, however small it may be."

Giving up when adversity threatens can make a person bitter. Persevering through adversity makes one better as well as stronger.


Limiting Thinking Can Imprison You

Our thoughts dictate, to a large degree, our successes in life. Even feelings such as confidence begin with a thought...Are You A Prisoner of Your Own Limiting Thoughts?

Learn From Your Mistakes And Failures

Being persistent is a skill that anyone can develop. Do you give up too soon? If so, where's your determination? Why quit? Try again and if you fail try once more. Keep trying for as many times as it takes.

A baby doesn't give up every time he falls when he's learning how to walk. He pulls himself up and tries again. In fact he never stops trying to walk. He keeps trying for as long as it takes. It never occurs to him that he might fail. So he repeats the process in spite of the bruises and bumps along the way.

Now what about you? Do you set yourself up for failure? This is known as self-sabotage. Most of us are guilty of this. It begins with our thinking. We entertain a certain amount of fear in the process.

Most successful people have failed at one time or the other and some have failed many times. The difference between those who fail and those who succeed are the successful ones learn from their failed attempts and persist anyhow. They realize that failure is the road to achievement.

Final Thoughts - Never Quit

Don't Quit

When things go wrong as they sometimes will;
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill;
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 you quit.
Success is failure turned inside out;
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt;
And you can never tell how close you are;
It may be near when it seems afar.
So, stick to the fight when you're hardest hit -
It's when things go wrong that you mustn't quit. Author Unknown

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acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

Persistence is the key. Always believe and never quit and the rewards will be beyond recognition, I have no doubt.Great information, thank you Vocal Coach. Love the poem.

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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

acaetnna - You are the first to visit my latest hub. Your comments are valuable. Evidently, you are a persistent and successful person. Terrific! I will be visiting some of your hubs and eagerly look forward to what I learn from you. Thank you.

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wilderness 6 years ago from Boise, Idaho

Some good thoughts, here. Thank you. You will never see great success without perseverance - only minor ones. It is indeed a key to advancement in nearly anything.

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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

A very well written hub with good advice. You are such a fine writer. Thank you.

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Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

Well thank you so much for sharing this powerful hub my friend. I love it and I believe in every single word that you have written.

Have you ever had that feeling of elation when you read something that you truly believe in every single word that that particular person has written makes so much sense.

Take care and God Bless you. Carry on writing and I will carry on reading.

By the way I love the profile picture.

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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa

I’ll never never never never stop reading your hubs. This is a great one. Someone who lacks perseverance needs a lot of good luck to achieve his goals. I like your new avatar.

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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Oh Marie, thank you my friend. I am feeling on top of the world after reading your comments. And I am very glad you like my new avatar. Blessings of every kind to you. Hugs, Audrey

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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Thank you hello, hello for your kind comments. I notice how supportive you are with your fellow hubbers. That is a wonderful and loving way to be. Blessings to you.

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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

wilderness - Yes - you are so very right. Being persistent is also not always easy and requires getting ones priorities listed in the correct order. (speaking of myself). Appreciate your comments.

macteacher 6 years ago

Another great hub vocalcoach. Your positive hubs are so refreshing. Keep on writing. I will be looking forward to your next hub. I'm still your biggest and longest time fan.

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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

Very inspiring hub and I really enjoy to read all information inside this hub. "Never give up", I love this word. This made us tough in face the real life. You give us good motivation and we have to use this to get success. Good work, my friend. Rating up.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Hello, Audrey. I think of persistence and perseverance as two parts of a triumvirate. The third link is patience. With those three qualities, you can accomplish almost any goal you set your mind to.

Thanks for reminding us of Churchill's famous statement: "Never give in." It is the foundation of success.

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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

drbj - Oh, yes...patience! That is the big one. I see what you mean. Persistence, perseverance and patience. Thank you, my friend for contributing this. What great qualities to cultivate. Blessings

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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

prasetio30 - We all need a reminder now and then of how persistance pays off. This is the key to overcoming doubt and fear also. Today, we are faced with great challenges which we can turn in to opportunities. Thank you for reading my hub and commenting. Love and Peace to you.

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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

macteacher - How nice to see you here again. Your feedback is important to me. Thank you for such supportive comments. And thank you for being my long time friend.

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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Very nice my Dear. Let's take some steps in truth!

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cwarden 6 years ago from USA

As a student I had to memorize the chapter you quote from Og Mandino above and I still refer to it often. Very inspiring, thank you!

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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

cwarden - What a coincidence! It is one of my favorites and I too refer to it often. Thank you, my friend.

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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hi Micky - I like your "steps in truth". Can I borrow that from you to write a hub? (Please?) Thanks Micky

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leni sands 6 years ago from UK

Great hub and yes Persistence and Perseverence are key to success.

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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

leni sands - Thanks for taking time out to visit and comment on my hub. You are a treasure!

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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Persistence is The Key to your Success. I love you new avatar! You must know what you want and work hard for it! Thanks for the reminder, your such a blessing! Love and Peace!

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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Dear Katie - You added the most important factor when you said "you must know what you want". So true. It seems like an easy question, what do you want? But it takes thought and planning. Thanks for adding this wonderful and enlightening comment. Joy to you, Katie!

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jacobkuttyta 6 years ago from Delhi, India

Very energizing hub. I found it when I deeply needed it.

Thanks a lot.

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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

jacobkuttyta - Wonderful! What more could I possibly want. I am deeply grateful to you jacobkuttyta for sharing this with me. Blessings and great joy to you!

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FaithDream 5 years ago from (Midwest) USA

This is awesome article. Persistence and never giving up is all about Faith.

That is why I call myself FaithDream. Because it's all about looking adversity in the face and saying, "I'm not giving up."

Thank you for being you. Wonderful read. Be Blessed!

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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

FaithDream - You have said it all with your inspirational comment, "it's all about looking adversity in the face and saying, "I'm not giving up." That actually gave me chills. Thank you, dear friend.!

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Chatkath 4 years ago from California

What an inspiring hub Audrey - as always, your words of wisdom and experience convince me every time! You are such an ideal example of someone who "can do" just about anything they set their mind to! Awesome hub~Up, useful and awesome my friend! It is so good to be back, after I moved several months ago I lost so much data because of a virus so I took a longer than expected break! See you soon!

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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Kathy! Oh, my dear friend it so good to see you back. I've missed you soooooooo much. Now my heart is singing once again. I'm thrilled that you are here to read this hub and leave me your beautiful and encouraging remarks.

I'm sorry to hear about the virus and lost data. A terrible thing to go through. I've had that happen.

I want to wish you the Happiest of New Years, beautiful one. May each day remind you in some way of how much you are loved and appreciated. Thank you so much.

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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas

I absolutely love this hub! It is so full of life changing principles if everyone were only to apply them. How many times do people give up just on the verge of success. It is always darkest before the dawn ...

A very happy new year to you vocalcoach. Here's wishing you many wonderful surprises this year!

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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Dear Eiddwen - I can't believe that I just now found your beautiful comment to this hub. I apologize. I was so sure I replied to your comment before. Perhaps it happened for a reason because I sure needed to hear these very words tonight.

I got caught in one of those moments when I feel Todd so close to me and it makes me miss him so much. You know this feeling only too well. Perhaps its the New Year.

I've done much better this past year with the help of blessed hubpages and the race to keep up with comments and write hubs.

Thank you Eddy for your love and support. You have been a blessing in my life. May we both share peace and joy in this New Year! Hugs. Audrey

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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

This is a great hub! I love the quotes you chose... very motivational. Writers especially need to persevere in a world of stiff competition and rejection. Thank you!

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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

homesteadbound - We are capable of achieving so much more than we think we can. Hubpages has proven this time and time again to all of us who keep trying to improve our hubs and become better writers. I've seen so much growth in this little family of ours, including my own :-)

Thank you Cindy for the good wishes for this New Year. I wish the same for you, dear friend!

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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

vespawoolf - Competition is tough, as is rejection. But competing can motivate us to perservere, as you have said. Rejection is only someones opinion - it doesn't make it so. I'm beyond happy that you liked my hub, the quotes and found it to be motivating.

You, have certainly motivated me! Thank you.

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fullheartteacher 4 years ago from Philippines

So beautiful to make me a better person. So inspiring to make me grow with something I have learned. So interesting that made me crave to look forward for more hubs you can share. More Power!

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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

fullheartteacher - Your name suites you so well. It's easy to see just by reading your beautiful comments that you are a "full heart teacher."

I just finished a hub on how words penetrate the human soul (or something like that) and I think you would like it. I hope to see you there. Meanwhile, I now have a desire to visit your hubs as I know you are my kind of person and I will learn from you. Thank you!

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I just book marked your blog on Digg and Stumble Upon. I enjoy reading your commentaries.

abraham udoh jacob 4 years ago

well, when things are so difficult for man , i believe ,he / find a way to successful life ,but not easy ,he / she .will try and try to success because he don,t like to be in difficulties

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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

seo website - I thank you so very much for the generous sharing. Really appreciate this!

abraham udoh jacob - Life is not easy. It is not meant to be. How would we grow and learn if it were? We are here and we try our best to overcome difficulties. I'm happy to see you. Thank you!


I ,Thank God ,for everything that happen to my life ,hardness in life living ,and for the group HE send to lift me ,on successful life ,i appreciate all this ,lam happy to see al this i hear about my self ,to happen for me that i see myselt in a rich way, thank you all

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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Abraham - You have a wonderful attitude. And that is very powerful and contagious in an inspirational way. Thank you!

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Anyone who quotes Og Mandino is alright by me. What a great hub about one of my favorite subjects. I am saddened by the number of people I know, my own son included, who crumble at the first sight of adversity or rejection. I have reached a point in life where I feed off of adversity....once a goal is set just get out of my way because I'm going to find a way to achieve it. And I have no doubt you are the same way.

Thank you for this; it came at the perfect time for me.

As always, your friend,


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William F. Torpey 4 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

A very inspirational hub, vocalcoach. Winston Churchill was a very wise man. The video makes your point very well. Nice work.

abraham udoh jacob 4 years ago

Noting pass rich life , but God first ,lam too suffer is because of poor life poor man always be in a crying mote, rich man ,always be in happy life planing good for this life and this family

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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

billybuc - I just knew you would like this hub:) When I read your words, "once a goal is set just get out of my way because I'm going to find a way to achieve it." - I said to myself "Yes!" I would love to quote you billy. This is so inspiring. It is so YOU. I would like to share this quote on FB as well as a few other places. And yes, I like to think of myself as being this way too. Much thanks Bill.

William F. Torpey - I'm so glad to see you. Thank you for finding this hub inspiring. Winston Churchill has always been one of my favorite people because of his positive spirit. And this video touched me so. Thank you William.

abraham - "Blessed are the poor in spirit..." And you do have blessings my friend. Perhaps they are not material but you have them all the same. You are alive and breathing and can feel emotion. Dwell on every blessing you have and not on what you don't have. When we leave this earthly life not one dollar will we take with us. Thank you.

abraham udoh jacob 4 years ago

I thank you ,much for yours word to me ,noting just happen to he who believe G od ,it mush pass throw the hand of God almighty .the only thing for man on earth is to have rich ,and we know ,when death come ,all end on planet earth,

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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

abraham - You are very welcome. Life is not easy. Sometimes it is very hard. When pain is at an all time high, when we wonder where our next meal will come from, when our own child dies unexpectedly, when we think we can't go on - This is the time to press on - to muster up all the courage and perseverance and not give up. Thank you.

abraham udoh jacob 4 years ago

Excellency man , thank you much ,you always remind me things in life movement ,things difficult with me and my family ,but when i remember ,successful life ,lam expected ,i wait look up say well soon this is going to end hard life you mush quit on my way in JESUS NAME

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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Blessings and prosperity to you abraham, my new friend!

abraham udoh jacob 4 years ago

This all lam waited for to come ,on my ways ,thank you much ,i believe you see ,this for me to come fast

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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

Great hub! This is such a needed message for everyone especially now at a time where things do seem to be hard- no jobs, economy still bleak. And I also like the Tom Hanks reference- he's definitely someone to admire!

abraham udoh jacob 4 years ago

Excellency ,i thank you much for you great work for my successful life ,l,m much ready for all work to act out fast ,see more

KDuBarry03 4 years ago

Being determined is what makes life what it is today. What kind of world would we live in if it wasn't for all the many great people determined enough to change life for the peoplethey loved? All of us have the perseverance to do what we love so others may continue to do what they love. No matter how "selfish" our goals may be in one's eye, it may actually benefit many people to continue the paths we embark ourselves on :) Great Hub, Audrey!

abraham udoh jacob 4 years ago

Excellency,i believe goals be in one,s eye,will actually benefit many people and me also no matter any any thing happen

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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hi Alicia - I like your comments very much. When ever I start to feel a little sorry for myself (which I do from time to time) I turn to this hub, re-read it and then I look at the photo of the little boy with no legs. It sure puts things into perspective. We all need reminding. Thanks.

KDuBarry03 - You have mentioned such a powerful thought. Where would we be today if someone else had not persevered? I like that.

We can all make a difference and even help others as we push forward - no matter how small our contribution may be. We never know how much our influence may change someone else's life. Thank you my friend.

abraham udoh jacob 4 years ago

Excellency people thank you much ,i know by our faith , all with be well for any who need possibly,with God

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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

abraham - It's nice to see you again. Thank you for reading my hubs. You leave inspsiring comments. Each of us can and should strive for excellence. A sign of happiness.

abraham udoh jacob 4 years ago

Excellency , please let us move with the in- spiritual eyes , together i can do well has you love

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catmalone 16 months ago

Great Hub with inspiring stories. Reading stories like these moves you to take action and pursue your dreams.

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vocalcoach 4 months ago from Nashville Tn. Author


Thank you so much for your kind comments. My writers wish is to inspire others, You've confirmed that I've met my goal with this article. I appreciate your sharing your thoughts.


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