Smoke it Out; Grind it Out; Break Out





A myriad of great quotes has been said on perseverance.  My favorite is Winston Churchill’s, “Never give up, never give up, never give up, never, never, never.”  One first begins with a new idea to engage in a new effort.  Then the arduous task of grinding it out.  It is only when striving can we expect to thrive, to break out.

Have you ever seen an idle train begin to move?  The locomotives are grinding, the diesel smoke is bellowing, as the freight cars barely respond to the energy being put forth by the powerful engines.  But respond they do, and the train begins moving forward at a greater speed when finally down the line another witnesses the train whizzing by effortlessly, perhaps not even aware of the momentous effort needed to set the train in motion.

Discovering what you want in your future, your dreams perhaps did not take much time.  But making your dream a reality does.  Colin Powell says it eloquently, “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.”

When beginning a new enterprise, your good efforts are displaced with results.  Going from where you are to where you intend to be one must endure a sagging or a decline.  As positive effort prevails through time breakout occurs surpassing a former position and moving on to a higher level. Think of all your toil as a parabolic curve.

parabolic curve

A parabola is a set of all points in a plane which are an equal distance away from a given point and given line.  The point is called the focus of the parabola, and the line is called the directrix.  Maintain focus, stay on direction with your hard work, and you will breakthrough.  parabolic curve