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Author Napoleon Hill noted, “Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit.” To develop persistence over the long haul, you have to cultivate inward determination on a continual basis. And if you do, someday your story may be similar to one of these:

  • ·         Admiral Peary attempted to reach the North Pole seven times before he made it on try number eight.
  • ·         Oscar Hammerstein had five flop shows that lasted less than a combined total of six weeks before Oklahoma, which ran for 269 weeks and grossed $7 million.
  • ·         John Creasey received 743 rejection slips from publishers before one word was ever published – he eventually published 560 books, which have sold more than 60 million copies.
  • ·         Eddy Arcaro lost 250 consecutive races before he won his first.
  • ·         Albert Einstein, Edgar Allan Poe, and John Shelley were all expelled from school for being mentally slow.

Learn to become a determined individual. And remember, the only difference between a little shot and a big shot is that the big shot kept shooting. – J. Maxwell


  1. “Press on!” .. Nothing can take the place of persistence. Talent will not. Nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talents... Genius will not. Unrewarded genius is almost a proverb... Education will not. The world is full of educated derelicts ... Persistence and determination alone are overwhelmingly powerful. – C. Coolidge


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