“Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.” Sir Winston Churchill

Continuous effort. Perseverance. Never giving up. Grace under pressure.  You’re going to hear these buzz words throughout the remainder of the Olympic Games.  And, you’re going to hear them a lot from me, as well.

Michael Phelps, gold medalist, said in a  recent interview, “The best athletes can compete under any circumstances.  No matter what it is, no matter what the pressure, you can always overcome whatever is put in your way.”

And Shawn Johnson, our newest gold medalist, says about her practice prior to her beam routine, “I was getting too worried, but he took me out of it. I sat down and calmed down and got back and did one more routine, then went out (to compete).”

Are you burning out?  Rejection letters piling up? Maybe you’ve written draft upon draft and still cannot pinpoint the theme of your story.  It is not the craft, style or voice that will get you through to the other side.  It is pushing through the wall, it is your perseverance that will bring you success.

How are you going to push through today? How do these young athletes inspire you to follow your passion of writing and focus on the gold?

For the first five writers to comment today, I will send you 12 pages of inspirational quotes (via a pdf download)!



Filed under Believe, Inspiration, Perseverance

7 responses to ““Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.” Sir Winston Churchill

  1. Gossip Girl

    Now it’s obviously too late, but i’d like to receive those pages of quotes. Never heard of this Churchill quote before! I really like it and of course i think that it’s true.
    Only a few months ago i discovered the Sport World, in particular Tennis world. It has completely changed my life, it’s unbelievable. In it i saw many examples of how much your believe, perseverance, hard work, “continuous effort” can give great results. I can say that it’s all about it ! You can be the most talented person in the world in your own work but if you don’t work hard, if you don’t always try to improve and improve, you won’t get anything.
    Here i leave my addy in case you would like to email me. miss__sunshine@live.it


    • Gossip Girl,

      I completely agree! I am always telling my students: you can be an amazing writer, but if you don’t keep pushing yourself to be your personal best, you’ll lose that fire and any wonderful opportunities that await you! Thank you for your comments and I will email the collection of quotes to you, now up to about 22 pages!
      Keep visiting and send your friends!

    • can i get those quotes?

      thank you. great site. will be back to read up.

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