Energy and Persistence

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.” – Benjamin Franklin


Most people can weather a big bad storm. But an adversary that isn’t so obvious, who doesn’t come at you like a hoard of marauders and doesn’t blow out too quickly, that is more willing to be persistent and patient, will kill you and make it look easy.

An adversary that takes an inch every day will eventually overtake you. It makes sense to me that this would work both ways, that you can achieve your goals by being persistent and advancing, just a little bit every day.

Doing the same things over and over again isn’t persistence – keeping the same goal is. The most successful people are always adjusting their approach, but they never compromise on the goal.

Energy and persistence conquer all things.


Comments (2)

Over time, raindrops can carve a riverbed — but never in a straight line. The path changes, twisting this way and that as the water works around obstructions and variations in terrain, soil composition, etc. It adjusts its approach, as you say — but the goal is always the ocean.

I’m an angler. People say, “you must be very patient.”
Eff no. Patient anglers who sit there drowning worms end up eating beans. I’m persistent. My strategy keeps changing until I find those damn fish.

Well said. The goal is always the ocean.

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