“Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.” - Stonewall Jackson

What is Perseverance?


Steady persistence in adhering to a course of action, a belief, or a purpose; steadfastness.

Cultural Perspective:
The metaphor to describe Japan is the wet garden. The fluid yet essentially unchanging nature of the water in the pond’s garden illustrates how the Japanese perceive their culture’s change over time. Water’s composition of tiny, individual droplets that have power only when combined with others parallels the Japanese view of the individual. The Japanese believe it takes a great deal of self-discipline to achieve harmony with the natural world, but that individuals have the potential to achieve this harmony through self-mastery and discipline of the spirit, or seishin. This value is represented in the painstaking discipline with which the Japanese gardener continually seeks to improve the gardens natural beauty. The Japanese tend to “flow with the current” over and around small obstacles of differences in opinion, which makes them more tolerant of other viewpoints and given them a more relative, less rational view of right and wrong. (Gannon, M. J. (2001). Working across cultures: Applications and exercises. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publication, Inc. pp. 121-123)

Quotes about Perseverance:

  • The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one often comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't. ~Henry Ward Beecher
  • Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. ~Henry Ford
  • Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another. ~ Walter Dwight
  • There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure. ~Colin Powell
  • Leaders aren't born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that's the price we'll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal. ~Vince Lombardi
  • Being defeated is often only a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent. ~Marilyn vos Savant
  • First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win. ~Mohandas Gandhi
  • Never, never, never give up. ~Sir Winston Churchill

Reflective question about Perseverance:

  • When has perseverance paid off for you?
  • What did you work hard for?
  • Who do you admire because of his or her perserverance?