"Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed to be destined a certain failure." Benjamin Disraeli
The toughest yet most important thing you will ever learn about chasing a goal is perseverance.
And as our society continues to change, it will be even harder to teach to the next generation.
We live in a time where everything is at our fingertips. There's no need to wait. We want things now, or at least delivered in 2-days.
The ability to be patient, to suffer through, to accept misfortune is more critical now than they've ever been.
This reminds me of one of my favorite stories:
In World War II, France surrendered to Germany in 1940. There were rumors that the fate of England was next.
In that same year, Hitler and Mussolini invited Winston Churchill to Paris for a meeting. They met at a tea table next to a famous carp pool.
Hitler began the meeting by saying, "England is finished, Churchill! Surrender!"
Churchill calmly replied, "I don't agree. We have not lost this war."
Hitler was enraged and pounded the table in a tirade.
Churchill continued, "Why not settle this whole dispute on a wager?"
Confused, but willing to play along, Hitler asked, "What's the bet?"
Churchill stood and looked over the pool they were next to and said, "You see these big carp? Let's bet that the first to catch one without common fishing equipment will be the winner."
Hitler and Mussolini, though confused, decided to play the game.
Hitler pulled out his gun and emptied five rounds into the pool, but the water diverted the bullets and missed the fish. Mussolini jumped in, trying to catch a fish with his hands, but failed.
Churchill watched in amusement at their failures. He then began to repeatedly dip his teaspoon into the water and toss it over his shoulder.
Hitler yelled, "What are you doing!"
Churchill calmly replied, "It will take a long time, but we are going to win the war."
Great achievements are accomplished through perseverance, suffering, and hope. Those who have the guts to hold on the longest are usually the victors.