noun – steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc.,especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.


verb – to persist in anything undertaken; maintain a purpose in spite of difficulty, obstacles, or discouragement; continue steadfastly.

While attending a workshop at the Executive Center of CareerSource Capital Region, Jynelle Sneed posed this question: “What could you do, if you knew you could not fail?” It is a question that greatly impacted my frame of mind. When trying to achieve a goal, I need to subtract failure from the equation. Too often, I find that I will postpone one of my goals because it does not seem attainable at the moment. This is a BAD habit. Putting off goals until you think you will have a better chance of achieving them is a dangerous game of procrastination. You do not need better odds against circumstances in order to succeed, but you do need perseverance. Despite obstacles and difficulties in the way, those who persist on the path are the ones who succeed. Perseverance is an absolute necessity for anyone trying to achieve greatness. After all, how can you fail if you never quit?


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