In the book, Think and Grow Rich, by author Dennis Kimbro, he writes, "In everyone's life there comes a time of ultimate challenge – a time when all our resources are tested. A time when life seems unfair. A time when our faith, our values, our patience, our compassion, our ability to persist, are all pushed to the limit and beyond. Some have used such tests as opportunities for growth; others have turned away and allowed these experiences to destroy their hopes."
As the old folks used to say when I was a little boy, "If you live long enough, you're going to have some problems." Problems are a fact of life. How we handle our problems is a whole another issue.
Sometimes no matter how hard you try things just won’t go your way. You keep knocking and the door will not open. You work hard and you still don't get the promotion. You do all the right things and they go unnoticed and someone else gets the credit. You run the football all the way down the field and you get inside the 10 yard line the coach decides to give the ball to someone else scores the touchdown.
There are a lot of you who go the extra mile – you work 50 hours a week instead of 40; you have even been asked to do something that is unethical and because you refused to do it and you suffered for it.
I'm here today to tell you to “keep on keeping on.” At some point, things will get better. You must have faith, strength, and the ability to persevere. These three things are oftentimes lessons we learn when we reach the abyss. It is during these times that we are shaped and molded and we find out who we really are. As one speaker said, "In the prosperous times, you put it in your pocket. In the lean times, you put it in your heart."
Benjamin Disraeli once said, "Nothing can resist the human will that will stake even its existence on its stated purpose." Kimbro said, "Life seems to have been designed so that every man who achieved great success must first undergo a testing. Sometimes many of them – through which he is tested for courage, faith, endurance, and the capacity to overcome."
I'm not saying it will be easy. Nothing worth having is ever easy. Hang in there. Don't give up. And by all means persist!