Get All Access for $5/mo

Persevere or Quit: There is No Other Option. Recognize the power of getting past 'no.'

By Adam Davis Edited by Dan Bova

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

Shutterstock

Recently, while I was spending some time with family and friends. We were discussing a close family member's upcoming shoulder surgery - talking about the loss of use of his dominant arm, the impending changes coming to him and the challenges he will face.

We went further. We discussed the small things in life - our limbs, our fingers, our toes and the ever so crucial role each play in the smallest details of our life. Decades ago, my grandfather lost several fingers in a work accident. His life changed forever - holding a drink or a pen, putting on shoes and socks was never as easy.

Related: 10 Lessons on Perseverance From Barack Obama, Leonardo DiCaprio and Other Influential Leaders

My grandfather never let this slow him down. In fact, he had one of the strongest grips of any man I have ever known.

You see, the most successful people learn how to transform a setback into a launching pad for greatness. They learn how to use what others perceive as a weakness into a strength.

Every survival story has a common thread. The person never quits, never gives up, and always gets back up after a perceived failure.

Regardless of the circumstances - irrespective of the difficulty in front of us -- we must have the tenacity and willpower to fight on regardless of the outcome.

Learning how to find the silver lining in every situation is difficult but necessary. I don't claim to have mastered life by any means, but learning this secret has changed my life.

Related: Girls Who Code's Reshma Saujani: 'Everything I've Achieved Has Come From Perseverance'

What issue are you facing? What goal do you want to achieve? Have a plan, then act. Do something. Don't just talk about what you want to do. Do it.

Sure, you may not succeed the first time, but keep fighting. Sure, you may not be the best right out of the gate, but keep swinging. Think about some of the most inspiring people you know, I bet they've had their fair share of challenges to overcome.

I can almost guarantee you they wanted to quit but didn't. Find a way to dig in, and find the reason you are still fighting. No one will ever be able to take you out if you do.

Think about J.K. Rowling, Albert Einstein, Stephen King, or even Dr. Seuss. Someone told each of these people, they were not good enough - numerous times, mind you. Somewhere along the way, brilliant people, who eventually found phenomenal success, were told they were not qualified - that they would never reach a place of great success, and they would never achieve their goals.

Related: What Makes a Successful Entrepreneur? Perseverance.

If you have been rejected, don't quit. Try again. If someone told you your work won't ever make it, try it again.

Perseverance is the single most important trait of some of humanity's most successful people. They never quit.

Adam Davis

Author, Consultant, and Founder of Enlivify.com

Adam Davis is a U.S. based writer and speaker and he is passionate about helping organizations and individuals crush their goals. He is the author of best-selling book, Spirit & Truth: 52 Encouraging Messages for America's Law Enforcement (2015, Amazon). Davis is the founder and owner of Enlivify Total Solutions, LLC, a digital marketing agency based in Alabama. 

Want to be an Entrepreneur Leadership Network contributor? Apply now to join.

Leadership

Build These 10 Habits to Become a True Leader (and Not Just a Boss)

This article explores the distinction between being a boss and being a leader, outlining ten key habits that transform mere management into true leadership.

Business News

Tesla Now Has Nearly 800 New Jobs Open — Up From Only 3 Roles in May

The job openings could indicate where Elon Musk wants to steer Tesla next.

Growing a Business

5 Insights I Learned While Growing My Business from a Startup to a 500-person Company

Scaling a startup from 10 people to 5 hundred is thrilling, but navigating the growth can be tricky. Here are 5 hard-won insights to help you transform your startup into a structured business with a clear roadmap and the right team behind you.

Growing a Business

How AI Startups Can Increase Their Chances of Success in Today's Landscape

The AI B2C sector is set to take off for startups that identify their market and address the tech challenges.