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“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”
-Winston Churchill

You discovered a field that excites you. You researched and asked others about it. “I can do this,” you enthused yourself. You tried. You failed. You planned another set of actions then tried again. You failed again. You read books on how to do it right. Executed it. Missed. You stopped for a period contemplating if you have what it takes to succeed on this. Then accepted the challenge again. All of you were clinging in hope to succeed. You roared in courage even you’re trembling in fear. Failed. Again.

After repeated failed attempts, after falling flat on your face multiple times, after disappointments that disturbed your sleep for many weeks or even after losing your entire savings, how can you still continue?

You won’t if you don’t love it.

Extrinsic rewards like money and fame are not enough for you to have the resilient guts to continue moving forward. If you’re just casually attached to your goal, winds of unpleasant circumstances will knock you down any minute. Passion is the element that will give birth to resiliency, disciplines, and the can-do-the-impossible mindset required for any worthwhile endeavor.

Have you ever seen a dog crazily running for a tennis ball? The dog would get banged in the wall, fall in a ditch, or get dirty just to reach the ball. And the dog was not aiming for any discipline, no, the dog can stumble from failure to failure because he’s enthusiastic about his goal.

Successful individuals are not disciplined just for the sake of discipline. They were disciplined and willing to work hard because love drives them. Find your tennis ball and you’ll be amazed how your inner self can endure the challenges you’ll encounter. Years will pass and you’ll find yourself in the rank of the greats. Passion beats motivation every single time.

“Unless you have a lot of passion about this, you’re not going to survive. You’re going to give it up. So, you've got to have an idea or a problem or a wrong that you want to right that you’re passionate about. Otherwise, you’re not going to have the perseverance to stick it through. I think that’s half the battle right there.”
-Steve Jobs

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