Fuel + Fire (#4): Stick With It

In a dailymission last year on favorite motivational quotes, DMers Chelsie and Molly E. picked Winston Churchill’s rousing “Never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, give up.” (Also repeated as “Never never never give up.”) The full Churchill speech was given October 29, 1941, while visiting Harrow School after the Blitz during World War II. Snip:

But for everyone, surely, what we have gone through in this period, this is the lesson: Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never — in nothing, great or small, large or petty — never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.

Never give up the ship,” added Trailultra, “fight her until she sinks.”

In the same vein, Hashi2 channeled former president Calvin Coolidge:

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination are omnipotent. The slogan ‘press on’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.


Alun shared the advice of Olympic marathoner Emil Zatopek: “If one can stick to the training throughout the many long years, then willpower is no longer a problem. It’s raining? That doesn’t matter. I am tired? That’s beside the point. It’s simply that I just have to.”

What’s real-world tenacity? Looking for an example of pure heart and sheer willpower? Find it coursing through every frame:

“The key to self-discipline is remembering what you want,” Chad B. shared, “This is what I kept repeating to myself over and over again when I was trying to lose weight. I still say it when I want to not work out or spend more than we have or any situation when I want to take the easy way out.”

Jessica recalled Bear Bryant’s thoughts: “There’s a lot of blood, sweat, and guts between dreams and success.”

Greg T. quoted Owen Barder: “Running is a very honest sport. You get out what you put in. If you haven’t done the training…you can’t fake it. But if you put in the work, you will reap the rewards. There is nothing flash and nothing glamorous about the sport; just honest hard work. Perhaps this explains the straightforward and open character of the runner.”

Sylvie, Gene and Angela all shared Dean Karnazes’ words: “Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.” RIGHT ON.

[Fourth in the series. See also: Just Do It.  Mind Over Matter. Fear Not.]

About Ilona M.

A Midwest-based digital journalist, author and 2011 dailymile team ambassador, Ilona loves trail running, forest hiking, road biking, open water swimming, free weights, meditation and yoga. Aiming to balance her love of motion with the sedentary and still pursuits of research and writing, she hearts dailymile because it keeps her moving, laughing, learning and growing.
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