It is not necessary to hope in order to undertake, nor to succeed in order to persevere.
Charles the Bold Duke of Burgundy
The word “perseverance” in Latin means, “one who sees through to the end,” “one who doesn’t yield.” In English, it describes how we maintain our activity in spite of difficulties. Tenacity, steadfastness, persistence, doggedness—these are all common synonyms.
In Chinese, the character for perseverance is often the same as the one used for patience.
Human experience is the story of perseverance. Throughout space and time, humans have always persevered. We wouldn’t be here without them.
Think of all the people you know—family, friends, strangers—who have just kept going, who didn’t yield, who were tenacious, steadfast, ...