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18 Quotes On Perseverance To Overcome Any Obstacle

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18 Quotes On Perseverance To Overcome Any Obstacle

Sometimes things don’t go exactly the way we expected, but we shouldn’t let failure and mistakes discourage us. And we should never lose confidence. In fact, the biggest mistake one can make is giving up on something after having worked hard on it, just because it seems too difficult or too time consuming to achieve. The secret is to keep going without wondering too much about how we will get to the end. This makes things easier, and helps save time and useless efforts.

I have a good example of someone who didn’t let anything stop or discourage him. His name is Nick Vujicic. Have you ever heard of him? Nick Vujicic is one of the most famous motivational speaker in the world, he’s an author, musician, actor, and his hobbies include fishing, painting and swimming. He also graduated from Griffith University when he was 21 with a Bachelor of Commerce, with a double major in accountancy and financial planning. He is a brilliant, inspiring and successful individual, not only for his fame and all his qualities, but for having achieved everything without arms and legs, without giving up.

Can you imagine the strength and the tenacity of someone who accomplished all this without limbs? This shows you that you can do a lot in your life, you can achieve whatever you want if you strongly commit to it, whatever adversity you face. Don’t be scared if it takes time to reach your goals, and don’t be scared if it seems difficult. If you work on it slowly, step by step, believing in it, you will do a great job.

How many times do we wonder why many people succeed, while we just lead our normal lives, and never stand out of the crowd? The answer is that perseverance is what makes the difference, and Nick Vujicic is the best example of it. We should observe this exceptional person, and we should follow in his footsteps. For this reason, I have collected the 18 best motivational quotes ever about perseverance and determination, to inspire you, and help you have the strength to overcome any obstacle you may encounter.

1. “I type 40 words per minute on a normal computer with my left foot. And with two cups of coffee, I can do 53 words per minute.”
-Nick Vujicic

2. “Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.”
-Samuel Johnson

3. “Perseverance, secret of all triumphs.”
-Victor Hugo

4. “I don’t stop when I’m tired, I stop when I’m done.”
-Marilyn Monroe

5. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you don’t stop.”
-Confucius

6. “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
-Nelson Mandela

7. “I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.”
-Abraham Lincoln

8. “Just because you fail once, doesn’t mean you’re gonna fail at everything.”
-Marilyn Monroe

9. “Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.”
-A. A. Milne

10. “Trees that are slow to grow, bear the best fruit.”
-Molière

11. “If you are going through hell, keep going.”
-Winston Churchill

12. “Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.”
-Julie Andrews

13. “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no help at all.”
-Dale Carnegie

14. “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
-Winston Churchill

15. “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

16. “Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting.”
-Napoleon Hill

17. “There is no failure except in no longer trying.”
-Elbert Hubbard

18. “Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.”
-John Quincy Adams

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10 Proven Ways to Judge a Person’s Character

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10 Proven Ways to Judge a Person’s Character

We all fall into the trap of judging a person’s character by their appearance. How wrong we are! All too often, the real character of the person only appears when some negative event hits them or you. Then you may see a toxic person emerging from the ruins and it is often a shock.

A truly frightening example is revealed in the book by O’Toole in Bowman called Dangerous Instincts: How Gut Instincts Betray Us. A perfectly respectable, charming, well dressed neighbor was found to have installed a torture chamber in his garage where he was systematically abusing kidnapped women. This is an extreme example, but it does show how we can be totally deceived by a person’s physical appearance, manners and behavior.

So, what can you do? You want to be able to assess personal qualities when you come into contact with colleagues, fresh acquaintances and new friends who might even become lifelong partners. You want to know if they are:

  • honest
  • reliable
  • competent
  • kind and compassionate
  • capable of taking the blame
  • able to persevere
  • modest and humble
  • pacific and can control anger.

The secret is to reserve judgment and take your time. Observe them in certain situations; look at how they react. Listen to them talking, joking, laughing, explaining, complaining, blaming, praising, ranting, and preaching. Only then will you be able to judge their character. This is not foolproof, but if you follow the 10 ways below, you have a pretty good chance of not ending up in an abusive relationship.

1. Is anger a frequent occurrence?

All too often, angry reactions which may seem to be excessive are a sign that there are underlying issues. Do not think that every person who just snaps and throws his/her weight around mentally and physically is just reacting normally. Everyone has an occasional angry outburst when driving or when things go pear-shaped.

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But if this is almost a daily occurrence, then you need to discover why and maybe avoid that person. Too often, anger will escalate to violent and aggressive behavior. You do not want to be near someone who thinks violence can solve personal or global problems.

2. Can you witness acts of kindness?

How often do you see this person being kind and considerate? Do they give money to beggars, donate to charity, do voluntary work or in some simple way show that they are willing to share the planet with about 7 billion other people?

I was shocked when a guest of mine never showed any kindness to the weak and disadvantaged people in our town. She was ostensibly a religious person, but I began to doubt the sincerity of her beliefs.

“The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.”

Abigail Van Buren

3. How does this person take the blame?

Maybe you know that s/he is responsible for a screw-up in the office or even in not turning up on time for a date. Look at their reaction. If they start blaming other colleagues or the traffic, well, this is an indication that they are not willing to take responsibility for their mistakes.

4. Don’t use Facebook as an indicator.

You will be relieved to know that graphology (the study of that forgotten skill of handwriting) is no longer considered a reliable test of a person’s character. Neither is Facebook stalking, fortunately. A study showed that Facebook use of foul language, sexual innuendo and gossip were not reliable indicators of a candidate’s character or future performance in the workplace.

5. Read their emails.

Now a much better idea is to read the person’s emails. Studies show that the use of the following can indicate certain personality traits:

  • Too many exclamation points may reveal a sunny disposition
  • Frequent errors may indicate apathy
  • Use of smileys is the only way a person can smile at you
  • Use of the third person may reveal a certain formality
  • Too many question marks can show anger
  • Overuse of capital letters is regarded as shouting. They are a definite no-no in netiquette, yet a surprising number of  people still use them.

6. Watch out for the show offs.

Listen to people as they talk. How often do they mention their achievements, promotions, awards and successes? If this happens a lot, it is a sure indication that this person has an over-inflated view of his/her achievements. They are unlikely to be modest or show humility. What a pity!  Another person to avoid.

7. Look for evidence of perseverance.

A powerful indicator of grit and tenacity is when a person persists and never gives up when they really want to achieve a life goal. Look for evidence of them keeping going in spite of enormous difficulties.

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Great achievements by scientists and inventors all bear the hallmark of perseverance. We only have to think of Einstein, Edison (who failed thousands of times) and Nelson Mandela to get inspiration. The US Department of Education is in no doubt about how grit, tenacity and perseverance will be key success factors for youth in the 21st century.

8. Their empathy score is high.

Listen to how they talk about the less fortunate members of our society such as the poor, immigrants and the disabled. Do you notice that they talk in a compassionate way about these people? The fact that they even mention them is a strong indicator of empathy.

People with zero empathy will never talk about the disadvantaged. They will rarely ask you a question about a difficult time or relationship. They will usually steer the conversation back to themselves. These people have zero empathy and in extreme cases, they are psychopaths who never show any feelings towards their victims.

9. Learn how to be socially interactive.

We are social animals and this is what makes us so uniquely human. If a person is isolated or a loner, this may be a negative indicator of their character. You want to meet a person who knows about trust, honesty and loyalty. The only way to practice these great qualities is to actually interact socially. The great advantage is that you can share problems and celebrate success and joy together.

“One can acquire everything in solitude, except character.”

Stendhal

 10. Avoid toxic people.

These people are trying to control others and often are failing to come to terms with their own failures. Typical behavior and conversations may concern:

  • Envy or jealousy
  • Criticism of partners, colleagues and friends
  • Complaining about their own lack of success
  • Blaming others for their own bad luck or failure
  • Obsession with themselves and their problems

Listen to these people talk and you will quickly discover that you need to avoid them at all costs because their negativity will drag you down. In addition, as much as you would like to help them, you are not qualified to do so.

Now, having looked at some of the best ways to judge a person, what about yourself? How do others see you? Why not take Dr. Phil’s quiz and find out. Can you bear it?

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