Dinner Topics for Monday
Defining Moment: Perseverance
Persevere: to persist in a state, enterprise, or undertaking in spite of counterinfluences, opposition, or discouragement
Quotes on Perseverance
The trying of your faith worketh patience. James 1:3
“Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.” ~Winston Churchill
When life knocks you down, you can choose whether you’re going to get back up again. ~Dre Parker, “Karate Kid” movie, 2010
Perseverance, secret of all triumphs.
“An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.”
Victor Hugo (1802-1885);
“If your dream requires patience, give it.” ~M. Russell Ballard
All through the town, the army went about its work, but the celebrations were few. If the war was to be won, this day was only one victory. There had to be many more.
It is the arrogance of them all, of William Howe and King George, all those who so blithely dismiss this army. Yet we have a purpose, and if we are allowed the opportunity, we will defeat you.
George Washington, after the first victory of the American Revolution, Trenton, NJ. The American Revolution was won against overwhelming odds. Shaara, Jeff: The Glorious Cause, p.151
“There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.”
Louis L’Amour (1908-1988);
“Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little.”
“Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”
“Some men give up their designs when they have almost reached the goal; while others, on the contrary, obtain a victory by exerting, at the last moment, more vigorous efforts than before.”
Polybius (200 -118 BC);
Greek Statesman And Historian
“Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.”
Roman Lyric Poet
“When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier.”
Roy Disney (born 1930);
Former Disney Executive, Nephew Of Walt Disney
Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did. ~Newt Gingrich
Never think that God’s delays are God’s denials. Hold on; hold fast; hold out. Patience is genius. ~Georges-Louis Leclerc
Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines. ~Robert Schuller
“Many of the great achievements of the world were accomplished by tired and discouraged men who kept on working.” ~ Unknown
Stress Relief Tip of the Month: Time Management and Pacing
Priorities. Simplify your life; each life needs its own quiet place. Do not covet the trivial things and neglect more weighty matters. (Doctrine and Covenants 117:8) One thing you can’t recycle is wasted time. Did you know that 1% of 24 hours is only about 15 minutes? Can you spare 15 minutes out of your game time, social media time, etc., to read your scriptures and plan for success? Then share those scripture gems with your family at dinner time. It’s the little moments that make life big. The only place that success comes before work is in the dictionary. Perseverance does come before success; it is an essential element of success. Moments in time may define true success; Discover things that will be treasured; Perhaps not always in money measured.
Rush Limbaugh Defines Success—It may not be what the Media says it is
I found the story on working hard makes you sick. It’s dated January 4th. It’s by Gregory Miller, Edith Chen, and Gene Brody. “Can Upward Mobility Cost You Your Health?” Now, what in the name of Sam Hill…? Thirty years ago, this kind of concern would never even occur to anybody. “Upward mobility” was the personification of the American dream. Upward mobility is simply improving your standard of living. Upward mobility is simply making a better life for yourself.
Success is the result of hard work, and there is stress involved.
There’s stress involved in the success track. There is stress involved getting there. There is more stress involved staying there. You know why? ‘Cause everybody wants what you’ve got. Everybody, at least in the immediate arena where successful people compete, everybody wants to be the best. Everybody’s trying to be. It may be a universe of 10 people or a hundred or whatever, but there’s always competition. And that is stressful. Some people don’t do as well with competition as others. Some people thrive on it, some are intimidated by it, some ignore it, whatever. We’re all different.
Whoever had the idea that success is pain free? Whoever had the idea that success doesn’t have consequences? Everything does! Where do you think the old adage, “Money isn’t the route to happiness” came from? It came from people who ended up earning a lot of money and were still not happy, for other reasons. And they weren’t happy because of stress or because of — well, any number of things. The idea here somehow is that everybody thinks success is a daily red carpet and the after party, and then the awards show, is that what success is?
The media loves you and everybody wants your autograph, and everybody wants their picture with you, and every holiday you’re either on a beach in St. Barth’s or Hawaii or somewhere in the Caribbean or Florida, and you’ve got a supermodel on your arm, that’s what success has always been? Is that what it is? And then people start looking for success and find it and they find out, just like Woody Allen said, one of the greatest things Woody Allen ever said (paraphrasing), “All success is, is that you get rejected by a different class of woman.” He’s right on the money.
It’s a classic line. Stop and think about it. Things don’t change no matter what your economic circumstances are, and having success is not something that erases everyday problems or stresses in life, but yet people must think it does because a story like this ends up getting published. “By the way, don’t worke too hard, it can make you sick. Don’t work too hard. It’s not what it’s made out to be.” This is the absolute wrong kind of thing to be saying, particularly now, because the route out, the way out of these dire economic circumstances a lot of people find themselves in is hard work.
The best way out is hard work. It’s not extended unemployment benefits. It’s not Social Security disability checks. It’s not Obamacare. The way out is what it’s always been, ambition, drive, desire, singular focus, and hard work. An added bonus is if you find something you really love, then all the rest of that stuff is much less difficult. ‘Cause if you’re really doing what you really love, the rest of that stuff doesn’t matter. If you’re doing something you don’t like and you’re successful at it, then the rest of that stuff will be a bigger problem. But people who have found what they really like don’t even think they’re working. They think they’re just getting to do what they love every day, whatever it is.
So you love to get up, and the first thing you do is get on a computer and start learning things, or whatever you do, first thing you want to do when you get up is jog, whatever the first thing you want to do every morning is, find a way to get paid for it. That’s what a lot of people have done.
RUSH: Now, let me clarify something that I said in my monologue moments ago, in pointing out that there is a lot of stress in success. There’s a lot of pressure in success. It manifests itself in all kinds of ways that you can’t imagine until you become successful. And by that I mean when you’ve reached whatever success is to you, when you’ve reached your goal or you’re getting close to it, I guarantee you it will be different than you think it is. That’s not bad or good. It’s just I’m telling you it’s gonna be much different than you think. Success is gonna have a far different reality than what you think it’s gonna be.
The stress of competition is different than the stress of despair. The stress of working at peak performance levels and earning money, there’s a lot of stress in that. You get yourself in a circumstance where a lot of people are depending on you for their own lifestyles, there is a lot of stress in that. But it’s far healthier than the stress of be being out of the game.
The idea that the stress involved in success can make you sick? Fear is one of the greatest motivators there is. And since there’s stress and pressure in everything, including retirement, I would just as soon have the stress that goes along with success as opposed to the stress that you get when you’re in despair. I would much rather have the stress that comes from competition than the stress and pressure that comes from not even being in the game.
Have you ever noticed, folks, speaking of upward mobility, have you ever noticed how under capitalism the rich become powerful, and under socialism the powerful become rich? It’s amazing when you look at it that way. Under capitalism, the rich become powerful. Under socialism, the powerful get rich. They exploit others. They get rich by taking from others, by using their power. In capitalism, the rich become powerful.