Persistence is the quality of persevering towards a clear goals in the face of the obstacles and difficulties that inevitably arise. Persistence is an essential factor inthe process of becoming successful. The basis of persistence is the power of will. Will power and desire,when properly combined,make an irresistible pair. Napoleon Hill wrote that "persistence is to the character of a man,as carbon is to still" He also said that "Before success comes in any man's life he is sure to meet with much temporary defeat and perhaps,some failure". When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and most logical thing to do is to quit. That is exactly what the majority of men do. Many people are ready to throw aims and purposes over board, and give up at the first sign of opposition or misfortune. Few carry on despite all opposition until they attain their goal. These few are Henry ford,carnegie,John.D.Rockerfeller and Thomas Edison.

A river cut through a rock not
because of it power but it persistence.

In reality your persistence is your measure of your belief in your self and your ability to succeed. If you absolutely believe without question, that if you persevere long enough and hard enough,you will ultimately win,then nothing will stop you. Persistence is self-discipline in action. Each time you exert the self=discipline to persist in the face of adversity and disappointment,your self-esteem goes up. When you practice persistence, you build up your resistance to taking the easy way out. You Create the friction that comes from going against your natural tendencies. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men without talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and dertermination alone are omnipotent.

"A man is a hero not because he is braver than anyone else,
but because he is brave fot ten minutes longer."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Lack of persistence is one of the major causes of failure. Moreover,experience with thousands of people has proved that lack of persistence is weakness common to the majority of people. It is a weakness that may be overcome by effort. The case with which lack of persistence may be conquered will depend entirely upon the intensity of one's desire. Persistence is the essential quality that make you a lucky person. Every great triumph is usually preceded by weeks,months and even years of hard work that often result in very little success. The primary reason that people fail is not because of lack of ability or opportunities. They fail because they lack the inner strength to persist in the face of obstacles and difficulties. Nothing great was ever accomplish without persistence. The development of persistence is the price you pay for enjoying the life you want. Without persistence you will be defeated, even before you start. With persistence you will win. There is no substitute for persistence; it can not be supplemented by any other quality. Remember this in the beginning and it will hearten you when the going may seem difficult and slow. Those who have cultivated the habit of persistence seem to enjoy insurance against failure. No matter how many times they are defeated, they finally arrive up near the top of the ladder. Some times it appears there's a hidden guide whose duty is to test people through all sorts of discouraging experiences. Those who pick them self up after defeat and keep on trying arrive; and the world cries, Bravo! i knew you could do it!. The hidden guide let no one enjoy great achievement without passing the persistence test. Those who can't take it simply do not make the grade. Those who can take it are bountiful rewarded for their persistence. They receive, as their compensation, what ever goal they are pursuing. That is not all! They receive something infinitely more important than materials compensation-the knowledge that, every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent advantage.
Most people achieve their greatest success one step beyound where any one else would have quit. But because they persisted they finally broke through. Continually remind your self that you could be only one step away from success. Remember the poem:

Don't give up though the pace seem slow;
You may succeed with another blow;
And you never can tell how close you are;
It may be near when it seems so far.