So many of us look at people who are great at what they do and wish we had an ounce of the talent they have. While they make it look easy, what you don’t see is the effort and failures that have taken place along the way. The times where they were not in the limelight and on the verge of giving up. This is the side of successful people we don’t see.

As the famous actor Steve Martin said, “Perseverance is a great substitute for talent”.

Perseverance is what keeps someone going despite difficulties, delays, setbacks or anything else that gets in the way of moving closer to achieving a goal. It’s having the passion to keep going, to find a different way, to look at each setback as a learning experience and not a roadblock. If you can have the mindset to take one thing from a bad experience and learn from it, to identify it and say I will do this different next time, you will continue to keep moving forward. And as long as you are moving forward towards your goal, you are building the perseverance it will take to overcome any obstacle that is placed in your path.

People who have achieved greatness have all overcome obstacles or challenges in order to get where they are today. And the most fascinating thing is they will continue to overcome them to remain great. When you achieve success or greatness, it doesn’t mean you are no longer faced with problems. It means you have passions for what you have achieved and are well equipped to identify, learn and overcome problems because you have developed belief in yourself from everything challenge you have overcome.