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The Power of Persistence - Know What’s Important and Keep Moving Forward

"If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward." The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.

In addition to leading the campaign for civil rights for all and preaching non-violence, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. recognized the power of persistence and the power of doing whatever you can – no matter how small that action is.


Persistence is the one thing which separates the winners from the losers. When you make up your mind to accomplish a particular feat and set your focus in that direction, refusing to be deterred, you usually get what you are going after. Keep moving forward – no matter how small the steps. Clarity and persistence prevail.


As W.H. Murray in his writings on The Scottish Himalayan Expedition pointed out:

“Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would not otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man would have dreamed would come his way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets: 'Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it! Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it.'”


Happy Birthday, Reverend King.

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