Persevere, and Give Yourself the Permission to Continue

"Almost everything we attempt is rubbish at first. Almost everything worth doing well is difficult."


To persevere is to continue in a course of action despite challenges. It is to push forward in times of little prospect of success. Alastair Humphreys is an adventurer, author, and motivational speaker who illustrates perseverance in his blog, "Permission to Continue." In the beginning, your work may not be good, but that is not important. What is important is that there is a beginning. You must start somewhere, and despite unsatisfactory work, you must give yourself the permission to continue. Below is a piece of Alastair's blog, to read it in full, follow the link at the end: 


When Bruce Chatwin first began to write he was not particularly good. He persevered. He churned out pieces on migrant workers and couturiers and the Great Wall of China. He showed each one to Francis Wyndham of the Sunday Timesmagazine. Wyndham “encouraged and criticised and edited.” [Bruce Chatwin; Anatomy of Restlessness].

However, the greatest gift that he passed on to the struggling Chatwin was “permission to continue.”

I love this phrase.

Almost everything we attempt is rubbish at first. Almost everything worth doing well is difficult. And that is why the permission to continue is such a brilliant concept. It helps dampen the fear of failing. It encourages you to just get started. You’ll never be brilliant unless you begin.

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I hope that this blog encourages you to begin today. I hope that you are inspired to follow your dreams and give yourself permission to accomplish your goals.