Persistence is the Key

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I recently read a story about a speech that Winston Churchill gave in his later years at an English prep school.  Apparently, the headmaster told the students to pay careful attention to every word that Winston Churchill said during his speech and to write it all down.  The headmaster knew that this speech would be an unforgettable one for everyone who attended.

When Mr. Churchill stepped up on the platform he peered over the top of his glasses and said: “Never, never, never, never, give up!”  With that he turned around and sat down.

Many people were very disappointed.  As the headmaster pondered what Churchill said he felt this may have been one of his greatest speeches, as it was the lifetime lesson that Winston Churchill had learned that he shared with them.  He never gave up.

Persistence is the key to get where you want to go.  It is not about trying to get there, it is about doing what it takes to get there.

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

   ~ Winston Churchill

10/20/14

6 thoughts on “Persistence is the Key

    • Hi Stu, I think that more times than not, many people just move on and do not take the challenge to not give up. At times I find myself struggling with this very issue, wondering if it is worth the effort. It takes stepping back and evaluating the situation, motive and desired outcome to make that decision. 🙂

  1. Winston Churchill’s wisdom has been incredibly inspiring to me. He did give a full speech to Harrow School http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=r36wikH36JM#at=153

    The below quote was part of his speech!

    “Never give in – never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” – Winston Churchill

    • That is a great way to put it Paul. The important word there is polite. I have never understood rudeness. It is amazing that people will think being will solve an issue. Have a great 4th Paul 🙂

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