Tag archives: persistence

  • “There’s people that say: ‘It’s not fair. You have all that stuff.’ I wasn’t born with it. It was a horrible process to get to this. It took me my whole life. If you’re new at this — and by ‘new at it,’ I mean 15 years in, or even 20 — you’re just starting to get traction. Young musicians believe they should be able to throw a band together and be famous, and anything that’s in their way is unfair and evil. What are you, in your 20s, you picked up a guitar? Give it a minute.”

    -- Louis C.K., in “The Joke’s on Louis C.K.”

  • Ang Lee and the uncertainty of success
  • “Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.”

    -- Lance Armstrong

  • “I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”

    -- Steve Jobs

  • Windows knocked him off the main stage for 10 years; then the Internet seemed to sideline him; not to mention that serious business people (along with many others) thought he was nutty; then he had problems with the SEC (and not insignificant ones); then he nearly died.

    -- Michael Wolff, talking about Steve Jobs