Great Achievement

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The Great Wall of China: An Icon of Persistent Work

“No great achievement is possible without persistent work.”

 - Bertrand Russell

Quote of the Day.

We all dream of accomplishing great achievements during our lives.  Unfortunately, many of us never achieve them.  Why does this seem to plague some of us more than others?  Is it due to bad timing?  Bad luck?  Cosmic forces conspiring against us?

According to Bertrand Russell, persistent work is required to achieve great things.  This begs the question, “Is our lack of achievement just a sign that we suffer from lack of persistence?”

If you have read my 10 Tips to Develop Persistence, you know that finding our purpose is the number 1 tip I provide.  Our purpose is what drives us and inspires us to get up when we are knocked down.  Without it, no amount of support, goal-setting, or education will get us back on our feet when we fall.

What does purpose have to do with today’s quote?  If our dream of “great achievement” aligns with our purpose, or is our purpose, then we have one of the key ingredients we need to persist.  And if we can persist, we can achieve great things!


About Bertrand Russell:  Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970) was a British philosopher and writer who was awarded the 1950 Nobel Prize in Literature for championing “humanitarian ideals and freedom of thought.”

Image Credit:  Flickr user Keith Roper

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