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Stories About Perseverance - Rise Up Don't Give Up

Audrey's passion for connecting with nature is magnified in her self-help writings and poetry.

When we give ourselves permission to fail, we at the same time give ourselves permission to excel.

Eloise Ristad

The Ingredients of Perseverance

Persistence, tenacity, determination, and staying power are the ingredients of perseverance.

Persistence, tenacity, determination, and staying power are the ingredients of perseverance.

Be Persistent. Keep Trying For as Long as it Takes

Persistence is defined as "the quality that allows someone to continue doing something or trying to do something even though it is difficult or opposed by other people." Perseverance is "Steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.

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 give up too soon and too often? How many times have you pulled yourself back up when you've been bumped and bruised? Maybe, you even set yourself up for failure? This is known as self-sabotage. Most of us are guilty of this at one time or the other. It all starts with our thinking. Thoughts of fear, doubt, and failure begin to invade our thinking - just like the enemy.

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.

Failure is simply a price we pay to succeed.

We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are.

Max DePree

Proud Marine Surviving Incredible Odds.

Author's grandson Brandon Hunt.  His story is about overcoming unimaginable obstacles.  He never gave up.

Author's grandson Brandon Hunt. His story is about overcoming unimaginable obstacles. He never gave up.

Adversity in Your Life? Be Better - Not Bitter

His name is Brandon Hunt. He is my grandson. Brandon lost his beloved father to cancer at the age of 7. His mother had abandoned the family long before the death of his dad. Now, with his beloved father gone, Brandon and his siblings were without parents and without a home. Relatives did their best to help out. An aunt eventually managed to take them in. After a few years, he moved in with his mother hoping that she would take responsibility and stop her addictive behavior to drugs and alcohol.

At age 15 Brandon was left homeless. His mother, threw him out into the cold with nowhere to go. A school friend took pity on him and gave him a place to sleep.

In spite of his painful, lonely life, he persisted day after day. He graduated with honors and made the captain of his football team. He would not give up. He wanted to make his father proud of him. He joined the United States Marines and was recently deployed to the far east.

What an example of perseverance. I'm proud of this young man. Brandon is my hero. I know that his father, (my son), is immensely proud of his boy for making the right choices in his life through insurmountable challenges.

Brandon could have easily given up on life, but in spite of everything, he chose to rise above every single obstacle. What about you? Do you find yourself wanting to give up when life deals you a bad hand? Or do you pick yourself up, take a deep breath and move upward.

The Sweetness of Overcoming Troubles

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."

It's been my experience that in order to make changes in my life, I first must make changes in myself. The greater the challenges I've faced in the past, the harder I've had to work to overcome, which proves me capable.

Obstacles, placed before us, give us the opportunity to develop our character. I want people to sense the depth of my character. When my son died I wanted to give up on life. But, I knew he wouldn't want me to give up. I knew that he would want me to keep on going, day-after-day and become all that I could in spite of my loss.

I know, in my heart, he wants me to be strong and mentally capable to be here for his children. It's been a bitter-sweet journey and one I try not to question.

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 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. These achievers keep moving forward and persevering because they are determined. There's just no getting around it, persistence is the key to success.

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

A Head On Collision Nearly Took Their Lives

My parents, thrown from their car, lay helplessly on the ground unable to move their broken bodies.

My parents, thrown from their car, lay helplessly on the ground unable to move their broken bodies.

"I Will Walk Again. You Just Watch Me".

Jim and Audrey Kerr (author's parents) lay on the bloody highway, bodies broken and bleeding. Their car, beyond repair, the result of a head-on collision in Kearney Nebraska. They were heading home to California after a business trip and eager to once again reunite with their three children.

The ambulance was on its way. Meanwhile, Jim tried to crawl to his wife to comfort her screams of agony, he himself in unimaginable pain. It was a lonely stretch of highway, pitch black and very cold.

Audrey's purse was thrown from the car during the collision and landed next to her on the ground, Inside the purse lay all the cash from Jim's hard labor in Kearney. Audrey heard a woman's voice approaching her. Audrey cried out "Please help us"!

The woman gazed at Audrey, grabbed the purse laying on the bloody ground and ran to her car and drove off.

Jim and Audrey were hospitalized side-by-side in hospital beds for weeks. Audrey's back was badly broken. She would survive but would never walk again. Jim's ankle had to be rebuilt and a steel plate took the place of bone in his right arm.

I remember the day they came home by ambulance, both were on stretchers. I heard the Doctor tell Audrey, "You'll never walk again and I'm sorry." My mother looked directly at the Doctor and announced, "Oh yes I will. You just watch me".

For the next 11 months, I learned the meaning of perseverance. I watched in amazement, as this woman, my mother, took one step and then another in spite of the pain. She vowed to move her body again. After months of sheer persistence, she finally walked. She lived with pain for the rest of her life but by gosh, she kept her promise and achieved the impossible.

Determination is simply not giving up. No matter how hard things get, or how badly you want to just give up, you keep on going.

Don't Look Back, Look Forward


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."

"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."

Tom Hanks A Prince of Perseverance

Tom Hanks - Kennedy Center Awards

Tom Hanks - Kennedy Center Awards

Tom Hanks - Example of Perseverance

Actor Tom Hanks is an example of perseverance. He took a difficult and challenging childhood and turned himself into a storyteller as a way of coping with the lonely days and nights.

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.

Never Give In, Never Give Up


Richard Kiley Shares His Life Quest as Man of La Mancha

Final Thoughts - Never Quit

When you fail, see your experience as instruction and not destruction. Seek to learn and grow and above all, be better, not bitter.

It's not what happens to us in life that determines our happiness so much as the way we react to what happens. Abraham Lincoln left us with this thought, "Most people are about as happy as they make up their mind to be."

Mistakes do not define failure. They're merely the price of achievement on the journey toward success. If your perception of failure means it's time to quit, look at it this way: the true perception of failure should be seen as feedback from the universe.

I leave you with the poem, " 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

He Proved Them Wrong



Questions & Answers

Question: What does "perseverance" mean?

Answer: Perseverance is the continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition. In other words, we never stop trying. We never give up.

Question: When do we tell someone to persevere?

Answer: We don't! We can only be an example of perseverance.

Question: How exactly does one keep on "persevering"?

Answer: To persevere, you never give up, no matter what. Set realistic goals and complete one goal at a time. Don't let anything or anyone stop you. Reward yourself each time you complete an important step. Focus, focus, focus and remove all distractions and obstacles.

Question: What's the meaning of perseverance?

Answer: Perseverance is essential to success. To persevere is to never give up! Regardless of the difficulty involved or how many times we fail, we continue to keep on trying. It may take 10 times or even 100 times to finally achieve our purpose. To persist, we must have determination. Perseverance leads to greatness.

© 2010 Audrey Hunt


Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on July 12, 2020:


It's so nice to read your comments. I agree with you about perseverance stemming from childhood...absolutely! And with the world fighting this terrible virus, we need to persevere now more than ever. Counting our blessings is another good thing to do.

Thank you.

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on July 11, 2020:

Audrey, great article. Yes, perseverance is the key to success. I have always been a determined person and determination has not been difficult for me. But, for others it is a challenge. Some people with similar challenges and obstacles make it and others don’t. Some can persevere and others can’t. I think it goes back to childhood and their circumstances and experiences. The stories of your grandson and parents are so inspiring. Thank you for sharing them with us.

Luis G Asuncion from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines on November 27, 2019:

I agree with you with the perseverance. Thanks for replying.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on November 27, 2019:

Hi Luis

Perseverance is a quality we all need just to help us overcome the endless obstacles life throws our way. Thanks for loving my article. As you can tell, I'm pretty passionate about this.

Luis G Asuncion from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines on November 22, 2019:

Thanks for sharing. I love this article.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on September 21, 2019:

Hi Jeff

Your kind comments mean so much...thank you! We live in a time where persistence is needed more than ever. I'm thankful for parents who lived the meaning of determination. I try to do the same.

My best to you Jeff and thanks again.

Jeff Zod from Nairobi on September 17, 2019:

Hi Audrey,

I can not thank you enough for this inspirational hub. You have done an excellent job in reminding me about the power of persistence. Persistence will always wear out resistance.

Maxwell and Mandino are amazing authors and I like the fact that you have quoted them in the article.

I also have a copy of the poem. I read it many years ago, and I am delighted to read it again.

I am really sorry about your son. I hope God gives you the strength to keep going.

Thank you so much.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on July 25, 2019:

Hi Sheila,

I'm not at all surprised to find you here after reading your incredible story and how you've overcome so much in your life. Your grandfather sounds like quite a man...embellished with wisdom.

I'm proud of you, Sheila! It takes a special;kind of person to persevere as you have. Keep writing, my friend because we need people like you here on hub pages. Your articles will attract others and with every new message you share, you will build new followers.

Thank you for being here and enjoy those beautiful children!


Sheila A Myers from Elmira on July 22, 2019:

How absolutely beautiful, Audrey! Incredibly inspiring and so very true!! You gave me goosebumps and reminded me of my Grandfather... When I was a little girl and learning how to read, he was helping me practice, so I was attempting to read to him. I got frustrated and threw my book down. He firmly grabbed me by the shoulders and said very sternly, "You don't EVER give up! You pick that book up and keep going!"

So, I did.... And I obviously didn't give up. ❤

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on July 10, 2019:


It's you who is a wonderful woman! You have been an inspiration to me for years. Your articles and beautiful comments have been a source of angelic support to me...and I thank you deeply.

This life is a constant challenge. We need each other to help us move onward and upward. I send you love and strength, my friend.


Suzie from Carson City on July 08, 2019:

Audrey...you wonderful woman.....what an inspirational piece you have shared here. Just what I needed at this precise moment in time to take a fresh deep breath and trudge forward!

You are my Angel tonight. Your words have brightened my life....(not to mention your beautiful smile!( Peace, Paula

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on July 08, 2019:


Thank you so much for being here. Your comments were worth reading twice. I appreciate your support and wish you well in all you do.


Fin from Barstow on July 06, 2019:

well a very nice piece full of inspirational examples of people who have demonstrated resilience. The story about your parents was very disturbing-I can't believe someone would do that. Nice examples and finely put.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on May 22, 2019:


I appreciate your wise comments. You make a good point about failure. Thomas Edison failed many times as did most great inventors. You have the right idea, my friend.

Thank you.

Yasmeen Ghazal from Amman on May 16, 2019:

This is very inspiring!

Sometimes when someone fails, it seems difficult to stand up again. So, trying again every time distinguishes between the person who is hungry for success and the person who is not!

Thank you for sharing such inspiring words!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on February 11, 2019:


Thank you for being here. I wish you peace and love during your journey. Let the light surround you.



I'm so happy to know that my article about perseverance has inspired and motivated you.

Thank you very much


Jerome Karwon on November 15, 2018:

I am grateful for such quality information for my motivation and inspiration.

ziyena from the Somewhere Out There on October 09, 2018:

A positive force in a sometimes very dark place ... Thank You

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on May 16, 2018:

Hi Hari

Thank you for taking time to read and comment on my article. I agree with you about winning over adversity. I believe this is one way we grow and become a stronger person. We also become more compassionate through difficult times.

Have a great rest of the week.


Hari Prasad S from Bangalore on May 16, 2018:

Audrey, This is an excellent hub. I think it is from winning over the adversities that our words maketh sense. I really loved the examples here and bookmarking.

- Hari

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on February 19, 2018:


I'm glad to see you here. I appreciate your comments and wish you joy and success in all you desire.


Leonie M from Belgium. on February 19, 2018:

Great article.! It helps a lot. Thanks for sharing.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 20, 2017:


Thank you for letting me know that this article is helpful. I wish you the best in life. Never give up - no matter what.

Evamatu k on June 19, 2017:

I need this Thank u.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 11, 2017:

Mary Norton

Being persistent and never giving up is the foundation to all success and personal growth. I'm so happy to hear that my article gives you an idea or two for the graduation speech. You'll do an awesome job Mary!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on March 10, 2017:

Thank you Audrey. This is so encouraging. I am thinking of how to organize a graduation speech and you have given me key ideas.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on July 16, 2016:


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.


catmalone on July 20, 2015:

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

abraham udoh jacob on September 11, 2012:

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

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on September 08, 2012:

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 on September 08, 2012:

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

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on September 06, 2012:

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 on September 06, 2012:

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

KDuBarry03 on September 06, 2012:

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 on September 05, 2012:

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

Alecia Murphy from Wilmington, North Carolina on September 05, 2012:

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 on August 20, 2012:

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

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on August 19, 2012:

Blessings and prosperity to you abraham, my new friend!

abraham udoh jacob on August 18, 2012:

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

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on August 14, 2012:

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 on August 13, 2012:

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,

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on July 27, 2012:

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 on July 27, 2012:

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

William F Torpey from South Valley Stream, N.Y. on July 26, 2012:

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

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 26, 2012:

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,


Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on July 26, 2012:

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

ABRAHAM UDOH JACOB on July 25, 2012:

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

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on July 09, 2012:

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!

abraham udoh jacob on July 09, 2012:

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

seo website on June 10, 2012:

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

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on May 02, 2012:

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!

fullheartteacher from Philippines on April 19, 2012:

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!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 06, 2012:

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.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 06, 2012:

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!

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on March 04, 2012:

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!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on January 02, 2012:

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

Cindy Murdoch from Texas on January 02, 2012:

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!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on January 02, 2012:

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.

Kathy from California on January 02, 2012:

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!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 12, 2011:

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.!

FaithDream from (Midwest) USA on June 11, 2011:

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!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on November 03, 2010:

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!

Jacob from Delhi, India on November 01, 2010:

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

Thanks a lot.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on November 01, 2010:

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!

Katie McMurray from Ohio on November 01, 2010:

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!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on October 31, 2010:

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

Leni Sands from UK on October 31, 2010:

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

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on October 25, 2010:

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

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on October 24, 2010:

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

cwarden from USA on October 24, 2010:

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!

Micky Dee on October 23, 2010:

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

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on October 22, 2010:

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.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on October 22, 2010:

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.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on October 22, 2010:

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

drbj and sherry from south Florida on October 22, 2010:

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.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on October 22, 2010:

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.


macteacher on October 22, 2010:

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.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on October 21, 2010:

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.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on October 21, 2010:

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.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on October 21, 2010:

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

Martie Coetser from South Africa on October 21, 2010:

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.

Eiddwen from Wales on October 21, 2010:

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.

Hello, hello, from London, UK on October 21, 2010:

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

Dan Harmon from Boise, Idaho on October 20, 2010:

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.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on October 20, 2010:

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.

acaetnna from Guildford on October 20, 2010:

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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