Quotes And Stories About Perseverance: Inspiration To Keep Going
What is Perseverance?
Perseverance is hard work mixed with patience. Having the grit and endurance to reach the end through all difficulties. It is having a dream and through dedication, diligence and determination reaching your goal.
Perseverance is never giving up. It is the will to go forward after failure. Getting back on that horse who threw you. You just get up, brush your pants off and try again. There are so many cliches for perseverance. Here is another, going forward against all odds.
Persistence does not imply an easy path. Nor does it mean smooth sailing. Perseverance is all about having the pluck and stamina to keep going during difficulty.
When we think of persistence we think of people like Lucille Ball or Abraham Lincoln, both of these people persisted through great odds.
I was trying to figure out which is worse, ignorance or apathy.
Then I realized I don't know and I don't care.
A Woman of Perseverance
The woman known as the "Queen of Comedy" was once considered a failure at performing. She left her small town life in 1926 to go to New York City where she attended the John Murray Anderson School of the Dramatic Arts in New York City. She was sent home a few weeks later, deemed a failure. Her teachers told her that she was too shy and thus had no talent as a performer.
She then returned to New York City again and through persistence and perseverance finally obtained a job modeling. She became a moderately successful model for Hattie Carnegie who owned an internationally acclaimed dress salon.
Life was good until a new boulder was set in her way. Lucille Ball became incapacitated by rheumatoid arthritis. She returned to her rural home and for three long, hard years she fought to overcome the disease. Finally, now with her left leg a little shorter than her right, she again returned to New York to pursue her acting career. Her persistence and perseverance paid off as she went from bit parts to starring roles.
One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn't pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore faith in yourself.— Lucille Ball
Love and Fame, Won Through Perseverance
In time she fell madly in love with one of her co-stars and they married. But the strain of differing schedules and being apart drove this marriage to the brink of divorce. Love won through in the end when, in an attempt to spend more time together and save their marriage, the two created a TV show about a crazy redhead married to a Cuban musician.
CBS refused to produce the show claiming it would never succeed. The couple persevered and formed their own production company. "I Love Lucy" began it's successful six year run in October of 1951. It immediately became America's favorite TV show.
Lucille Ball Persisted
This woman, who is the embodiment of the word perseverance, was Lucille Ball. Widely loved as the kooky redhead, "Lucy" from the "I Love Lucy" show, she won the hearts of people around the world. Re-runs of "I Love Lucy" are shown in more than 80 countries in the world. Twenty years after her death she is still winning hearts!
Lucille Ball believed in perseverance over luck. She was not lazy or apathetic. She always had spunk, moxie and pluck. She lived her life with determination, drive and tenacity. Her success is more a product of her stamina and doggedness than simple luck.
Luck? I don't know anything about luck. I've never banked on it, and I'm afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: Hard work -- and realizing what is opportunity and what isn't.— Lucille Ball
A Few Of Lucille Ball's Accomplishments
Lucille Ball was a hard working and dedicated professional. Through perseverance she became a legend and died a millionaire. Here are some of her accomplishments:
- She was the first woman to own a production company.
- She received the Women's International Center (WIC) Living Legacy Award posthumously in 1990.
- She appeared on 39 TV Guide covers, more than any other person.
- She was featured on a stamp by the United States Postal Service in 2001.
- She was one of Time magazine's "100 Most Important People of the Century".
- There is a museum dedicated to her in her hometown of Jamestown, NY.
- She was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 2002.
Lucille Ball also received 4 Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe, and in 1975 was voted Entertainer of the Year. She received many more awards and distinctions than are listed here.
"I'd rather regret the things I've done than regret the things I haven't done."— Lucille Ball
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People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want and if they can't find them MAKE THEM.— George Bernard Shaw
"History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats."— B. C. Forbes, Founder Forbes Magazine
Abraham Lincoln Experienced Multiple Failures But Kept Trying and Ended Up President
Lost Election for State Legislator
Failed in Business
Defeated for Illinois State Speaker
Failed to Obtain Party's Nomination
Rejected for Federal Land Officer in Illinois
Defeated for U. S. Senate
Defeated for Vice President
Defeated for U.S. Senate
“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”— Winston S. Churchill
Abraham Lincoln went through an enormous amount of pain during his life, starting early on. In 1816, when he was 7, his family moved from familiar Kentucky to unfamiliar Indiana. Indiana was less settled than Kentucky. Making the new farm required much hard work and tenacity.
His Mother Died
In 1818, Abe's mother died. The abrupt and unexpected death of his mother must have been a crushing blow to Abraham. For a family starting off in a new land, the loss of an experienced woman left an enormous hole. His 11 year old sister, Sarah, was expected to do all the tasks her mother had done.
A New Mother and A New Home
Abraham's father remarried in 1819. It is said that Abe loved his new mother and they became very close. She encouraged Abraham to read which led to a new love in Abe's life. He would walk for miles to borrow a book. Others did not understand the love and would call him lazy because he preferred reading over hard labor.
In 1830 the family moved to Macon County, Illinois. Abraham Lincoln was 22 but still went with them. He was growing more distant to his father every year. Most likely because his father was illiterate and did not understand Abe's love of books.
Abraham left the family and moved around some. He eventually ended up in New Salem, Illinois. Here he met Ann Rutledge. Some stories say they became engaged, some stories say their relationship never got that far. All stories seem to agree that her death in 1835 devastated Abe.
“Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.”— Abraham Lincoln
Persistence Pays Off
Abraham Lincoln went through all the setbacks listed on the table above. Through all of it he never gave up. He was a man of strong beliefs, willing to fight for them. Reading books and observing at the courts, he managed to pass the bar exam and become a lawyer. It was during his time practicing law that he became known as "Honest Abe".
All his hard work and determination saw him elected President of the United States of America in 1860. In 1864 he was re-elected for a second term. Abraham Lincoln never gave up. Though there was a great deal of disappointment in his life, he persisted and found satisfaction.
"The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't."— Henry Ward Beecher, Social Reformer
"Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do."— Jackson Browne
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving."— Albert Einstein
"Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won. It exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours."— Ayn Rand, Novelist
A Song on Perseverance-"My Way" by Frank Sinatra
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