7 Perseverance Quotes That Inspire Me




Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained. ~Marie Curie

Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance. ~Samuel Johnson

I do not think that there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature. ~John D Rockefeller

Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did. ~Newt Gingrich

Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure. ~Benjamin Disraeli

Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish. ~John Q. Adams

14 Quotes: Perseverance

Perseverance defined: steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement. 


  1. doggedness, steadfastness. Perseverance,  persistence,  tenacity,  pertinacity  imply resolute and unyielding holding on in following a course of action. Perseverance  commonly suggests activity maintained in spite of difficulties or steadfast and long-continued application: Endurance and perseverance combined to win in the end. (All above from dictionary.com)

 Note from Coach O: Perseverance then simply stated; is NEVER GIVING UP! It is the character trait that makes ordinary man & women, with extraordinary perseverance, accomplish great things!

 Example: It is what we should have as basketball coaches: the determination to NEVER give up on a player…it will help them believe in themselves and accomplish great things. But quite frankly, perseverance should permeate our entire lives!! We should never give up on anything

 So I ask YOU, have you felt like giving up lately? We have all felt that way sometimes (I know I have)…well DON”T! If what you desire is important enough to you, you will find a way to do it. So, until you find a way – persevere….DON’T YOU EVER GIVE UP!

It is my hope & prayer that these “14 Quotes” help you persevere and keep striving for your goals! ~ Coach O


 Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves. ~Dale Carnegie

 Consider the postage stamp: its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there. ~Josh Billings

 If one dream should fall and break into a thousand pieces, never be afraid to pick one of those pieces up and begin again. ~Flavia Weedn

 You can’t go through life quitting everything. If you’re going to achieve anything, you’ve got to stick with something. ~From the television show Family Matters

 People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them. ~G.B. Shaw

 With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable. ~Thomas Foxwell Buxton

 Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go. ~William Feather

 Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting. ~Christopher Morley

 Boys, there ain’t no free lunches in this country. And don’t go spending your whole life commiserating that you got a raw deal. You’ve got to say, I think that if I keep working at this and want it bad enough I can have it. It’s called perseverance. ~Lee Iacocca

 Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries. ~John Albert Michener

 Decide carefully, exactly what you want in life, then work like mad to make sure you get it! ~Hector Crawford

 Failure is the path of least persistence. ~Unknown author

 Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. ~Thomas Edison

 Paralyze resistance with persistence. ~Woody Hayes

“Remain Confident”


An excerpt from “The Anatomy of A Leader”, by Carl Mays. May it inspire you today to “stay the course” — in spite of setbacks. A true leader must always:


Successful people still encounter disappointments and frustrations, but it is the way they respond to problems that make them different from those who are overwhelmed by difficult situations. The challenge is to remain optimistic and confident. Being enthusiastic about what you can accomplish and the means by which you will realize your dreams is what confidence is all about.

 Problems can cause unhappiness and defeat you IF you allow them to. Don’t try to avoid the reality of possible delays or complications. Instead, remain confident; the ultimate attainment of your goals is within reach. Take advantage of the powerful resources that are already within you. At the heart of confidence is determination, self-reliance and a security in your own purpose!!


Some quotes that come to mind:

 “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do” ~ John Wooden

 “Anyone can give up, it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength.” — Unknown

 “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” — Henry David Thoreau


So, NO MATTER what happens – REMAIN CONFIDENT!!!

Strength Comes From Struggles…

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“Strength does not come from winning.

Your struggles develop your strengths.

When you go through hardships

and decide not to surrender,

THAT is strength.”

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


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March Madness Inspires Me

It never ceases to amaze me that besides all of the great basketball  drama; BUSTED brackets (especially this year on the men’s side), and upsets galore — there are always incredible stories of coaches and players that overcame adversity in their lives. These stories include tragedy, sickness, disappointments, and setbacks; but, the common thread is that through it all, these teams or individuals persevered!!   

Let’s take a closer look at this year’s tournament: 

  • University of Tennessee Volunteers men’s basketball: In January, 2010: 4 Tennessee men’s basketball players were arrested during a

    Bruce Pearl, Tennessee head basketball coach

    traffic stop for speeding near Tennessee’s campus. They were later charged with numerous misdeamor counts including possession of marijuana and illegal possession of a firearm. Head coach, Bruce Pearl, suspends these players (sending a strong message) and plays several weeks with 7 only players!! At the time, the “Vols” were 10-2 and ranked 14th in the country. In spite of this adversity, Coach Pearl continues coaching, motivating, utilizing the team he HAS in front of him and they end up reaching the Elite 8 and losing to Michigan State in a one point thriller, 70-69.


  •   Coach Frank Martin, now head coach of Kansas State’s men’s basketball team, was a newly hired assistant coach under Bob Huggins, at Kansas State, in March of 2006. While on the recruiting trail Frank Martin began to feel sick and he took some Advil, drank some water 

Frank Martin

and thought he could “sweat it out.” Before long, his temperature rose and he was shaking uncontrollably. Another assistant coach checked on him in his hotel room, saw his condition and Martin was rushed to the hospital, where his temperature soon rose to 105. Frank Martin was told he had pancreatic cancer, which has a survival rate of 4%. Devastated, he called his wife who had returned to their home in Cincinnati, of the news. Later the doctors returned with a prognosis of pancreatitis, and not cancer and that he would be ok. Pancreatitis has two high triggers of alcohol and high-fat foods and so through discipline and determination he has it under control. This year as head coach of Kansas State’s men’s basketball, he led them to the winningest season in Kansas State basketball history (29-3) and a birth in the Elite 8!!

  • Finally, Tiffanie Shives, a 5-10, junior guard for Gonzaga University, was diagnosed with diabetes when she was 10 years old. Tiffanie overcomes adversity on a daily basis with the need to constantly check her blood sugar, take medication, monitor her diet; IN ADDITION

    Tiffanie Shives, Gonzaga point guard

    to being an outstanding student/athlete on one the most improved women’s basketball programs in the country! On top of the diabetic condition, Tiffanie also overcame a season-ending knee injury that caused her to sit out the ‘Zags, 1st win in the NCAA’s last year. Talk about overcoming adversity!!


These are just a few of the many incredible stories from this year’s tournament alone. I have been collecting stories like this for several years because they have inspired me! When I hear of these stories — it always reminds me of my favorite quote, Adversity causes some men to break; and others to BREAK records” – William A Ward.  How do you respond to adversity? Do you hide in a closet and lament “woe is me?” or “WHY me?” Or do you, like Bruce Pearl, Frank Martin, Tiffanie Shives, use that adversity to motivate you to persevere and WIN??!!! These people show me what’s important:  

It’s not about what happens to you; but what you DO about what happens to you” – AR Bernard  

“March Madness Inspires Me” — to overcome “Life’s Challenges”