Success comes to the lowly and to the poorly talented, but the special characteristics of a great person is to triumph over the disasters and panics of human life.”
Seneca, On Providence, 4.1
Perseverance, however, is a quality that luck cannot bestow, as the lucky rarely have the ability to always get back up one more time than you’ve been knocked down.
Like the other Virtues, Perseverance is something that we have to develop over time, something we have to work hard at acquiring, and something that will always be with us… even when luck has seemingly abandoned us to our fate.
We look at people like Jeff Bezos and name him lucky. We assume that because he’s one of the richest people on the planet that he’s lucky. What we forget is that he worked his ass off to get the opportunities that came before him. Read about his life before naming him lucky…
… because what actually happened was that he persevered.
(See y’all tomorrow)