Entrepreneurship will likely be one of the most difficult things you’ve tried in your life, even if you have a high IQ. But it will also be one of the most rewarding things you’ve tried if you refuse to give up. Many people start a business, fail, and then throw in the towel. They’ve experienced the difficulty but not the side of reward. As I explained in a previous article, perseverance is one of the top five qualities of an entrepreneur.
What exactly is perseverance? As defined by Merriam-Webster dictionary, perseverance is “continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulty, failures, or opposition.” The shorter amount of time you allow yourself to lie on the ground after life knocks you down, the greater your perseverance. If you give up in the face of difficulties or setbacks, then you lack perseverance. It’s impossible to succeed if you give up, but if you try again, you could succeed. For this reason, perseverance is the most important quality of an entrepreneur. It’s what keeps you going.
What are you to do if you’re low in perseverance? Build it up through practice! For help with the mental aspect of persevering, I collected the best quotes about perseverance below. Read them when you feel like giving up and need to persevere. They will help improve your mindset. After you’re finished reading these quotes, take ONE step closer toward achieving your goal. It doesn’t matter how small that step is as long as you take ACTION.
Perseverance Always Wins in the End
“A river cuts through a rock not because of its power, but its persistence.”
“Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.” – Newt Gingrich
“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” – Albert Einstein
Push Past the Fatigue to Tap into Hidden Strength
“Beyond the very extreme of fatigue and distress, we may find amounts of ease and power we never dreamed ourselves to own; sources of strength never taxed at all because we never pushed through the obstruction.” – William James
“When you get into a tight place, and everything goes against you till it seems as if you couldn’t hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that’s just the place and time that the tide will turn.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe
The Importance of Perseverance
“In the realm of ideas, everything depends on enthusiasm… in the real world, all rests on perseverance.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“It’s perseverance that’s the key. It’s persevering for long enough to achieve your potential.” – Lynn Davies
“I’ll admit it’s not easy to get an agent, but becoming successful in anything requires perseverance.” – Nicholas Sparks
“Grit is that ‘extra something’ that separates the most successful people from the rest. It’s the passion, perseverance, and stamina that we must channel in order to stick with our dreams until they become a reality.” – Travis Bradberry
There’s No Shame in Trying Again
“A failure is not always a mistake. It may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying.” – B.F. Skinner
“Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure.” – Benjamin Disraeli
“The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That’s real glory. That’s the essence of it.” – Vince Lombardi
“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” – Margaret Thatcher
Famous Quotes about Perseverance
“If you are going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill
“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, and how you can still come out of it.” – Maya Angelou
“It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius
These quotes on perseverance are a great way to improve your entrepreneurial mindset and push yourself to keep going when you feel like giving up. Pick one that stands out to you to read over it every day or come back to this list to read all of the quotes when you’re going through a tough time. Do whatever works for you to improve your perseverance. As long as you don’t forget the action side of perseverance, you’ll see the benefits. Mindset is only one side of the perseverance coin; action is the other necessary element.
What’s your favorite quote on perseverance? How have you become more perseverant? Let us know in the comments below.