Steve Jobs believed one thing plays a key role in accomplishing huge goals and achieving success.
Steve Jobs believed in the power of asking. He believed in the power of taking an unconventional path by doing things that other people usually don't consider. He believed in the fundamental power of belief itself, and of using that belief to motivate and inspire.
But there is one thing Steve Jobs believed in even more: The power of perseverance.
As Jobs said,
"I'm convinced that about half of what separates successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance. It is so hard. You pour so much of your life into this thing. There are such rough moments and time... that most people give up.
"I don't blame them. It's really tough."
Think about people who set out to achieve a huge goal. They start strong.
Then the going gets tough. And then they quit -- not because they weren't on the right path, but because that path seemed too hard.
And too long.
That's why success is often the result of perseverance. When others give up, when others leave, when others stop trying, when others compromise their beliefs and values... the last person left is often the person who wins.
Other people may be smarter, better connected, more talented, or better funded. But they can't succeed -- they can't achieve wht they hope to achieve -- if they aren't around at the end.
Sometimes it makes sense to give up on ideas, projects, and even businesses... but it never makes sense to give up on yourself.
Always be the last to give up on yourself.
Successful people don't have some intangible "something" -- ideas, talent, drive, skills, creativity, etc. -- that you don't have. Their success was never assured.
Only in hindsight does it appear that way.
If you're willing to work hard, persevere, and believe in yourself, then who you are -- today -- is more than enough. And if you don't think perseverance is a skill you can develop, think again: Here are a number of ways you can develop greater willpower and determination.)
Plus, perseverance won't just help you accomplish this goal; a natural by-product of staying the course is that you gain even greater knowledge, skill, and experience.
Which means who you become will be even more than enough for whatever you decide you want to accomplish next.
Because there should always be a "next."