To succeed in life, we must start. To keep it going, to keep growing it, to keep adding value to our lives, we must persevere. We must face our fears. It doesn’t matter what we do, to keep it going, we must stick with our dreams. We must put our plans in front of us. We must live them every day. Do not give up. No matter how hard, no matter how tough, if you want to succeed, if you want to know yourself, you “must run to the end.” You must complete what you start. In the words of Elias Lyman Magoon, “The practice of perseverance is the discipline of the noblest virtues. To run well, we must run to the end. It is not the fighting but the conquering that gives a hero his title to renown.” That is, if you want to make it in life, you must keep working.
“When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, when the road you’re trudging seems all up hill, when the funds are low and debts are high, and you want to smile, but you have to sigh, when care is pressing you down a bit, Rest, if you must- but don’t you quit…. Often the goal is nearer than it seems to the faint and faltering man, often the struggler has given up, when he might have captured the victor’s cup and he learned too late, when the night slipped down, How close he was to the golden crown.”- Edgar Guest