In the confrontation between the rock and the stream, the stream wins – not through strength but through perseverance

Perseverance is the act of doing something wholeheartedly, whether you feel like it or not.

People who persevere give their absolute best to push through their challenges. They don’t take defeat lying down. This is an admirable personal quality – especially for employers.

Life is a marathon, not a sprint. The person who starts off with a hiss and a roar can easily be demoralised when progress slows. But, as the saying goes, ‘It’s not how you start but how you finish that matters most’.

‘The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.’ – Confucius

As young people brought up in an age of instant gratification, it might not be so easy to appreciate this philosophy. But it is vital for your success in life; people who persevere are also problem-solvers. A successful business owner once told me, “I employ people who persevere – they don’t quit when the going gets tough. I expect my staff to find a way to solve their problems…if they’ve done all they can, I expect them to ask for help. It’s about the attitude.”

Just like the stream that finds a way over, under or around a rock, the smart way to approach life is with intelligent perseverance. Know when to keep pushing and when to stop to find out if there is a better way.

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