Our Greatest Glory

Confucius-Greatest-Glory“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

- Confucius

Quote of the Day.

When confronted with a fear of failure, today’s quote by Confucius is another that should come to mind.  Failure will happen, but we merely need to pick ourselves up and try again.

“Our greatest glory is…. in rising every time we fall.”  In other words, our greatest glory lies in our persistence.  Persistence is the difference between those who defeat their failures, and those who let their failures defeat them.  Persistence uses failures to learn, correct course and try again.

Rising every time we fall is not going to be easy, but that’s why we need to develop persistence in all areas of our lives.  If we discipline ourselves to persist through small problems, it will turn it into our natural reaction.  The end result is that persisting through life’s big problems becomes much easier.  Our bodies and minds will expect that course of action and be ready to rise back up before we even call upon them to do so.

Our greatest glory is in rising ever time we fall – in our persistence.  Dwell on this mindset, even just for today.  Resolve to persist through today’s small problems and start developing the discipline of persistence in your own life!

Where to start? How about your exercise routine?  Push through one more rep or one more set.  If you develop the mental discipline required to push through intense physical exertion, you will find that this same mental discipline helps push you through personal and career difficulties as well.


About Confucius:  Confucius was a Chinese philosopher and teacher whose system of thought is collectively known as Confucianism. While many scholars are hesitant to attribute all of his wise sayings to Confucius himself, many such quotes are still widely known and quoted under his name to this day.

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