DCL 6.4 Instruction | Perserverance Sustains Your Talent (Part 2)

Video Presentation: John Hull, President / CEO EQUIP


Perseverance can be defined as “staying power.” Perseverance is about finishing. Talent provides hope for accomplishment, but perseverance guarantees it.

If you desire to be a talent-plus person of high achievement, here are some things you must understand about perseverance:


1.  Perseverance means succeeding because of determination.

The greatest achievers don’t sit back and wait for success because they think they deserve it. They keep moving forward and persevering because they are determined to achieve it.


2.  Perseverance is needed to achieve victory.

The winner is determined at the finish line. If you run every step of the race except the last one and you quit just before the finish line, then the result will be the same as if you never ran a step.


3.  Perseverance draws sweetness from adversity.

Giving up when adversity threatens can make a person bitter. Persevering through adversity makes us better.


4.  Perseverance has a compounding impact on life.

Great success lies just beyond the point where you are convinced you cannot succeed. Keep going. Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.


5.  Perseverance means you don’t quit when you become tired.

Perseverance comes into play when you get tired. When you are fresh, excited and energetic, you approach a task with vigour. Work is fun. Only when you become tired do you need perseverance.


6.  Perseverance demands all that we have.

Perseverance does not demand more than you have, but it does require everything you have.



The Five Enemies of Perseverance

Perseverance begins with the right attitude – an attitude of tenacity. But the desire to persevere isn’t enough to keep most people going when they are tired or discouraged. Perseverance can be cultivated, but you must first eliminate its five greatest enemies:

1.  A lifestyle of quitting.

2.  A wrong belief that life should be easy.

3.  A wrong belief that success is a destination, not a journey.

4.  A lack of resiliency.

5.  A lack of vision.


Clearing away the five enemies of perseverance is only a preliminary step to becoming a talent-plus person. You must also take the following steps:

1.  Find your purpose in life.

2.  Eliminate excuses.

3.  Develop stamina.

Remember: Persistence is stubbornness with a purpose.


Biblical Case Study: Ruth (Ruth 1:1-22)

In the opening chapter of the book that bears her name, Ruth and her sister-in-law, Orpah, both wid­ows, face an important decision. Will they remain in their homeland or go with their mother-in-law to Judah? Naomi insists that they stay in Moab. Orpah returned to her family in Moab, but Ruth declared stubbornly that she would not leave Naomi. Ruth said, “Entreat me not to leave you, or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; Your people shall be my people, and Your God, my God” (v.16).

Ruth’s persistence paid off. She didn’t know it at the time, but her perseverance would lead to all kinds of open doors. What happened?

1.  She found work in a difficult time.

2.  She made friends in a strange land.

3.  She gained a new husband.

4.  God included her in the lineage of Christ.



  • Think about this statement: Ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses. What are common excuses you make when you fail?

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