“What you doin’?” asked the big ugly dude wearing a bear-skin loin cloth.“Tryin’ to make fire.” The little dude answered kneeling beside some dry twigs holding a rock in each hand.
“What is fire?”
“I don’t know.”
“How you learn of fire?”
“I heard the women folk speaking. They say if they had fire they can make skunk taste like chicken.”
“Hurry up and make fire.”
One can only surmise that it took many attempts and many failures before an ember sparked into a flame. It was through man’s steadfast continuance in doing something despite difficulty he achieved success. Fire was born of man’s perseverance. Not to mention some finger licking good skunk meat.
We will all encounter situations and times in our lives where we may feel as if we’re holding on by our fingertips. In those times you just have to hold on. Don’t let go and don’t give up. Keep applying the firmest grip possible to the edge. Glory is at hand.
Three steps to perseverance:
1. Be committed:
Have an “all in” mentality. Go for it so you can make it happen. Take a shot on yourself. The late Senator Robert Kennedy once said, “Only those that dare to fail greatly can achieve greatly.”
2. Be steadfast:
Be firm in your belief and determination. Did you know that Van Gogh only sold one painting during his life, but that didn’t stop him from completing over 800 paintings? In 1990 one of his paintings sold for $82.5 million.
3. Stay focused:
Keep your eye on the prize. No matter the number of setbacks, chalk it up as a result. Remember Thomas Edison claimed failure 1000 times before successfully inventing the light bulb.
Oftentimes we may turn back in the darkness when light is merely steps ahead. After not winning a golf tournament in two years Ernie Els could have simply rested on past glory, but the Big E proved that he was a true champion of perseverance when he won the British Open on July 22, 2012. He wasn’t merely an underdog; he wasn’t even considered a contender. Not only did he show up, he showed out and beat some of the best golfers in the world.
Be like Ernie. Don’t allow the losses of the past to prevent you from winning in the future. Adversity doesn’t build character, it reveals it. Victory is at hand; all you must do is—persevere.