What does it take to accomplish your goals? Some people think it’s mostly about luck, smarts, good looks, and social connections. Nope. Researcher Angela Lee Duckworth studied West Point cadets, National Spelling Bee contestants, teachers in tough schools, and sales peoples, asking who would succeed and why. “In all those very different contexts one characteristic […]
Archive for persistence
Starting things is simple. It’s progress that’s hard. Nothing makes that truth come alive like looking back on your week and seeing what didn’t get finished. When we begin a project there’s all kinds of enthusiasm. We’re energized by that surge of excitement that comes from novelty and our own creativity. But that surge is […]
Success has many determining factors, including dumb luck. But I’ve been thinking of one lately that’s largely indispensable and totally learnable—persistence. Have you ever felt like bailing on that one thing you know you’re supposed to do?
When I was growing up, ABC’s Wide World of Sports had as its tagline, “The thrill of victory, and the agony of defeat.” That pretty much describes my life as a blogger and entrepreneur. By that, I don’t mean that I experienced defeat in the distant past, but now my life is filled with one […]
I stumbled onto this poem as I was browsing through my Evernote database. The source is unknown, though many claim to have written it. Regardless, I found it inspiring and thought you would too. When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill, When the funds are low […]
The new generation of leaders longs to be radical. But in this guest post, Dan Darling explains that simple faithfulness can be one of the most radical expressions of all.
Do you ever feel overwhelmed by personal growth advice? In this guest post Bill Blankschaen talks about how to overcome the “wall” and stay motivated.
Sometimes, success is simply a matter of making a little extra effort. When you do, it becomes the difference between success and failure.
In this four-minute interview, I talk with Alison Levine, an adventurer, explorer and mountaineer. She is now an adjunct professor at the United States Military Academy at West Point. She specializes in the field of “leadership in extreme environments.”