Persistence pays – Stick to it and win

Thomas Edison said it well: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

I can assure you, you will not fail if you do not try. Many people can begin a project, but not everyone finishes. Often we are dogged by discouragement, disappointment and just plain laziness.

Persistence always pays off

  • Where there is a will, there is a way!
  • Don’t ever give up.
  • Hang in there
  • Keep on trucking

All these sayings are true. If you have the will to succeed, you will.

You will never succeed if you give up.

You must just simply, hang in there…don’t quite

Even if the truck breaks down, fix it and keep on trucking!

We often quit when we’re about to win

Many are the stories of people quitting just before they reach the goal. There are stories of people who have died in a snow storm, just feet from safety.

People have drowned only a few feet from the shore.

The reverse of this can be true in gambling…we feel the winning hand is the next one, and the next one, or surely the next one, only to lose all our money.

You may be near the winner’s circle

Vic Johnson wrote a great book, Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

All of us must pause at times and rest, however, that is not the quitting point. We can be oh so near the goal, or to the winning circle and just give us.

Rest if you must, but don’t quit.

Many of us have started a journey and because of construction, car trouble, or what may be, we have turned back or quit.

The secret is to plan and think through what we want and expect from what you are seeking to do. You must have some goals. There must be goals within the goals, or steps to reach the goal. You must be prepared for each step of the journey and anticipate what you will come up against.

With all this planning and thinking, you are ready to begin the journey. The journey begins with…

The first step.

Chinese philosopher Laozi made this famous quote: “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”.

Unless you make the first step, there will be no journey. Without that first step, it is just an idea, or perhaps a dream or wish. You must begin before you can finish!

It has been rightfully said that you must begin with the end in mind. It is necessary to know exactly what you want. You cannot be vague. You must be specific, with steps to reach the final goal.

I have found it works much better if I use some sort of “to do,” or project list that has sub-tasks to complete the project.


Not sure that is a word, however, it is something you MUST have to complete any project or journey. Let’s look at some possible steps in our journey:

  • Prospect
  • Respect
  • Inspect
  • Expect
  • Accept

First, you must do some prospective work on your journey or your project. You must do some old-fashioned prospecting to find out what it is you want to accomplish. The internet provides an excellent tool to do your research.

Then you must have respect for anyone or anything that you use or who helps you reach your goal

Next, you must inspect your work along the way to make sure you are on course. If the train runs off the track, you will not get far. Check your progress.

Then you must expect to be successful If you don’t believe you will be successful, trust me, you won’t be!

Finally, you must accept the fact that you have or will reach your goal and you must accept the help or assistance you get from others along the way.


There must be a target, such as a date, time or destination. Without that, how will you know if you have succeeded?

So, begin…take the first step. Check the map occasionally to make sure you are on course, then make sure you complete all the steps and enjoy the journey.


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About Joe White

Been there, done that! Pretty well sums up my life. I have served as pastor of churches for 13 years, served as missionary, served as church supervisor, plus, and this is a BIG plus, have arranged church and school groups around the world. If that ain’t enough for 81 years, I have visited over 41% of the countries on this planet! I have written over 23 books, including my own biography. Can I help you? Darn tootin! Ask me a question and I’ll give you an answer - could even be right! By the way, I also hold a doctorate in theology. Joe T. White ThD

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