“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”
In a world of (instant) admiration for effortless brilliance, perseverance might seem obsolete and ‘uncool’.
‘Continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition’: this is how the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines perseverance. Even just the mere definition conveys a sense of arduousness, perhaps even sophistication to some extent…
Over the years I discovered that the opposite might be true. Perseverance is without a doubt very closely related to effort(s), but does not necessarily need to imply tedious actions or to require an infinite willpower.
In my case perseverance contributed to not leaving room for a lurking sense of despair in many instances. Even before I could begin to think how miserable I was, I knew I could count on my persistence. Of course, at times it didn’t react so quickly, but still was able to replace any other perturbing thoughts in no time.
Mind you, I am not an overly optimistic person. Neither do I trust that discipline and resolution are the only keys to achieving a goal. I simply believe that trying and working hard can get us there in the end. Besides, the reward that comes with persevering is worth more than the temporary relief of deciding not to continue doing something.
Paraphrasing Henri Cartier-Bresson‘s quote I could assume that my first 10,000 blog posts might be my worst. It sounds like a great challenge for my perseverance. When did you put yours to the test for the last time?