Jeff Young on The Quality of Persistence

Jeff Young

The following is an “Inspirational Quote” that I receive from Jeff Young. I first learned about Jeff on an “Outside The Lines” report on ESPN. His story is incredibly inspiring & it caused me to understand anew the real meaning of overcoming adversity. To learn more about Jeff, click on the link at the end of this, his latest email. Thanks for the inspiration, Jeff! 






Monday, January 25th, 2010


“The quality of persistence is to the character of man as carbon is to steel.” – Napoleon Hill

I am always amazed at how many people give up on an endeavor at the first sign of resistance.  Many intelligent, competent people will set a goal, lay out a plan, attack that plan with vigor, and then fold up their tent and quit as soon as the going gets rough.  Are you aware that there is no record of anyone having ever accomplished anything significant without first meeting with temporary defeat over and over again?  Are you supposing that you will be the first person to ever do so?  You will not.  You must fail repeatedly until you have learned the lessons necessary, and developed the character demanded to attain the object of your desire.

If I could communicate just one message to my readers, especially my young readers, it would be this: you are never defeated until you concede that it is game over.  You can accomplish pretty much anything you want in this life if you will do just two things: 1) Get perfectly clear on exactly what it is you want to accomplish.  2) Relentlessly pursue your objective until it is finally yours, paying whatever price is required.  When you get knocked down, get back up.  When you get discouraged, feel sorry for yourself for about three seconds, and then get yourself back in the fight.  Accept that you- like every successful person – will experience temporary defeat, but determine ahead of time that this will only strengthen your resolve. Inoculate yourself against the discouragement that causes one to give up on oneself by anticipating temporary defeat and use its accompanying lessons to catapult you to victory. 

Jeff Young  

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