just a little bit longer.

25 05 2010

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” (Thomas Edison)

This quote comes from the guy who said it would take him a couple weeks to get the light bulb invented – and then spent the next several years (and anywhere between 1,000 and 9,000 attempts – depending on your source) to finally get the bulb right.

Several years and at least 1,000 attempts.

Now that is endurance.

I am grateful for Edison. (Not just because the light bulb allows me to see where I’m peeing)
I’m grateful for the example of perseverance.
I wonder if I have given up while on the cusp of success and missed out because I didn’t take that extra step.

I’m curious however – is there ever a time where it’s better to just pack it in and move on to something else?

Is there a breaking point? A point where you just need to realize that it’s just not in the cards for you to succeed at “xyz”?
If so – how do you recognize that point?

Of course the same is not true for the Gospel – obviously. There is NO breaking point. We are never meant to give up.

“…endure it well, God shall exalt thee.” (D&C 121:8)

Not only are we supposed to endure, but we are supposed to endure it well.

Ok, so leaving the Gospel out of the picture:

? How do you know when to give up or when to press forward?

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