Too often people never even begin to pursue a goal out of their fear that they’ll fail. Or worse, they start pursuing a goal, then give up too soon. They may have been on track to achieve what they want, but they fail to maintain the patience of the stonecutter. Because they’re not getting immediate feedback, they give up far too soon. If there’s any one skill that I’ve seen in champions — people who have really achieved their highest desires — it’s an unbelievable level of persistence. They’ll change their approach as necessary, but they won’t abandon their ultimate vision.
— Anthony Robbins, Awaken the Giant Within