Perseverance - Rise Up Don't Give Up
Proud Marine Surviving Incredible Odds.
Adversity in Your Life? Be Better - Not Bitter
His name is Brandon Hunt. He is my grandson. Brandon lost his beloved father to cancer. Brandon was 7 years old. 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 managed to take them in.
At age 15 Brandon was left homeless. A school friend took him in. In spite of his painful, lonely life, 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. Yes, I'm proud of this young man. Brandon is my hero. I know that his father (my son) is immensely proud of his son for making the right choices in his life.
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.
The Ingredients of Perseverance
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. 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.
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."
"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 grabbed the purse, 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." Audrey 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 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 God 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.
Tom Hanks A Prince of Perseverance
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.
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.
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.
Jim Nabors (Gomer Pyle)
Final Thoughts - Never 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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He proved them wrong
I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work - Thomas Edison
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