In moments of defeat and despair, it feels all too easy to let go and succumb to the notion of quitting. I’ve been there, and so have you. The path to personal leadership, entrepreneurial success, and growth isn’t a straight line shooting upwards; it’s a winding road filled with highs and lows.

It’s crucial, however, to remember that these ups and downs aren’t indicators of final outcomes but rather stepping stones on the journey to success. If history has taught us anything, it’s that persistence carries a weight far heavier than that of failure.

Take, for instance, Abraham Lincoln, a figure of unwavering determination and resilience. Consider these pivotal moments in his life:

His life reminds us that behind every great achievement lies a series of challenges and failures. What separates the victorious from the rest is not the absence of failure but the presence of persistence.

So, to you, my fellow leaders and entrepreneurs, I extend this encouragement:

No matter where you are in your journey, embrace persistence.
Let the story of Lincoln be a testament to what is possible when we choose to persist in the face of adversity. Remember, the greatest successes often come from enduring the greatest challenges. Keep pushing forward, for persistence is indeed stronger than failure.

Here’s to being persistent in all your pursuits!

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About the Author

Steve Gutzler is the President of Leadership Quest, a Seattle-based leadership development company. Steve is a dynamic, highly-sought-after speaker who has delivered more than 2,500 presentations to a list of clients including Microsoft, Starbucks, the Seattle Seahawks, Pandora Radio, Boeing, Cisco, Starwood Corporation, the Ritz Carlton group, and the U.S. Social Security Administration. He recently was voted #1 by the readership of Huffington Post as the Most Inspirational Leader on Social Media.

A published author on leadership and emotional intelligence, Steve resides near Seattle with his wife Julie where they enjoy time with their three adult children and six grandchildren.