The One Single Quote That Still Keeps The Focus

Posted: August 13th, 2009

Photo by Johnny (The Freelance Rant)

Photo by Johnny (The Freelance Rant)

Maybe you can relate, but if you had ever worked in a sales position or freelanced, then at some point or another you had selected motivational quotes posted on the walls of your room to keep up the moral. Or worse, you had one of those motivational posters with the eagle and some kind of bullshit words of wisdom below it.

For myself, those motivational quotes tended to lose their luster over time to the point where they might as well have been the actual paint on the wall. I mean there was always the cycle of glancing at the quotes, pepping yourself up a bit then forgetting about them by the time you are working. Seemed logical to not waste my time and bother reading them.

That is until I read a quote several months ago from Newt Gingrich, a U.S. Representative:

“Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.”

I don’t know how many times since then I stopped working, thought about that very quote and put in an extra hour or two. Today those extra hours added up and are starting to pay off dividends in personal projects I have in process and other goals I am working towards in my freelance career.

And yet I find it hard to believe that, after all of the quotes I’ve read and liked then gotten bored of, there is actually one that I still follow word for word. Maybe it helped that I didn’t do it the disservice of posting it on my wall but, instead, put it in a file on my computer in case I forgot it. I haven’t yet.

You may or may not find the quote above useful or interesting. It really isn’t the point of this post anyway. Although, after the influence it had on me, I dont’ mind sharing it with everyone. Somewhere out there, like the perfect significant other, there is some saying or quote from an ex-president or Ben Franklin that will hit it home for you.

Just do it justice and keep it in your mind, heart and off the walls of your room.

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Johnny is the founder of The Freelance Rant and a freelance web programmer with 8 years in the business. Have a visit at his company Oscarrr!web or see what he's up to on Twitter.

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