Belief Coupled With Perseverance

On a hot July 9th, 1776, General George Washington and the continental army were about to face a severe battle with over 30,000 highly trained British troops.  They were in lower Manhattan, not to far from the now famed Trinity Church.  After a long day of entrenchment, the general had a garrison of troops listen to the reading of the Declaration of Independence.

“When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal. that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Excitement permeated that crowd of to such an extent that they later tore down the lead clad stature of King George and used it to make ammunition.  Although the Declaration listed 20+ grievances against the King, it was these self-evident truths that defined what was to become later known as “American Exceptionalism” — the idea that Amerce was different than any other country the world has seen.  Americans beloved that God gives these rights to every individual, and that our government exists only because we temporarily give them authority to act on our behalf.

It was this strong belief that allowed the troops of more than 20,000, which saw defeat after defeat  in battle after battle, whittling down their numbers to less than 5000, to be able to persevere and eventually claim victory in the end.

Strong belief leads to perseverance, and the coupling of the two make for an unbeatable team.  In fact, this is the true secret of success that has been the subject of thousands of business self-help books.   Henry Ford, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Carnegie, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Art Williams… all found something they believed in and simply persevered in doing those things that were necessary to succeed.

As Art Williams once said:  “If you want to find true success, just find something you believe in, figure out what you have to do to be successful at it, and just keep doing, and doing, and doing, and doing, and doing it”  regardless of the obstacles that  come your way.

About clayandali
Trained as a research chemist, but have been involved with Entrepreneurship for over 30 years. I have been involved in photography for 41 years. Ali is a graduate of the Ohio Institute of Photography in Dayton, OH. She loves both portrait and landscape work.

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