There’s no such thing as an overnight success. Success in the sense that something great and lasting was built. Maybe it’s a great business or marriage. Chances are it took time. Lots of time.
As the saying goes, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.”
We often times hear about success stories only after all the hard work is put in and view it as an instant success.
The good news is all of us have been gifted with the potential for success.
The difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is often one thing.
PERSEVERANCE: Not giving up when things get tough.
When I think of perseverance, I think of five famous people that you’ve heard of and maybe didn’t know their story.
They didn’t give up when things got tough. In fact, if they did give up, we would have never heard about them. PERSEVERANCE was the difference in them being average and them doing great things.
1) Walt Disney
Did you know that Walt once was fired from a job because they thought he wasn’t creative enough? What if he gave up? There would be no Mickey Mouse. There would be no Walt Disney World. He didn’t give up when things got tough.
2) Thomas Edison
Edison tried 1,000 times to make the light bulb. What if he gave up on the 999th time? He didn’t give up!
3) Hellen Keller
Helen Keller was blind and deaf and learned to speak and read. She went on to graduate college and become a speaker and author.
4) Albert Einstein
When we think of smart people, everyone thinks of Albert Einstein. One of the greatest thinkers of all time. He didn’t always remember to comb his hair, but he was really smart in Science. He didn’t talk until he was 4 and didn’t read until he was 7 and some people called him mentally slow and challenged. He didn’t let that stop him from going on to make some of the greatest discoveries that science has ever seen.
5) Michael Jordan
Some would say Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time. (If you are a Miami Heat fan, you may say that title would go to LeBron James.) Michael Jordan was amazing on the court, many times unstoppable. But did you know he once got cut from his high school basketball team? What if he quit?
PERSEVERANCE. That’s what made the difference in all of these people’s lives between being average and great. They refused to give up when things got tough.
Here’s the cool thing. God knew that you and I would have great days and tough days and He made a promise to us that would help us persevere through the tough days. It was a guy named Paul the Apostle that wrote one of the greatest things in the whole Bible. He wrote it while he was in prison and it is my favorite scripture, my life verse.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. – Philippians 4:13
I’ve come back to that scripture over and over again in my life, especially when something is hard. “God, this is tough, but I’m not going to quit because you promised you will give me the strength to succeed.”
What would your life look like if you persevered, followed your dreams and never gave up?
You would become everything God created you to be and you could make a difference in the world!
God has an amazing plan for each and every one of us. He wants to use your life to make a difference in the world by serving others.
In fact, there is another scripture in the Bible that says, “I know the plans I have for you. Plans for hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11
God has made you to be great. So go be great. Persevere when things are tough, because you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you. Don’t give up. Go make a difference in the world!
What is one area you need to persevere in to see your goals achieved?