Perseverance, in 33 Words

by Nate St. Pierre on May 4, 2012

As I get older, I’m realizing more and more the value of perseverance in life. So very often the person who succeeds is not necessarily the fastest, strongest or smartest, but simply the one left standing in the end.

To go a bit cliche*, it’s not how many times you get knocked down, but how many times you get back up.

With that, here’s today’s 33-word story:

I am still here. Time after time after pain after time, I am still here, with all patience. And I will continue to be here, ready to take my chance when it comes.

Now try it for yourself. Leave your 33-word story on Perseverance in the comments. It just takes a few minutes, and it gets the brain going. Let’s see whatcha got!

*And don’t forget to join @Write_By_Night and I for #clichechat at random times on Twitter. You will be sorry.

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  • No matter what life hands me, I wake up every morning
    thankful I am still able to open my eyes, take a breath in my lungs and put a
    smile on my face.

    • Every single morning I pray “Thank you Lord for this day, and for giving me the strength to get up and face it.”

      For there was a time when I couldn’t, and I don’t take that for granted.

  • No matter what life hands me, I wake up every morning
    thankful I am still able to open my eyes, take a breath in my lungs and put a
    smile on my face.

  • SarahInMI

    takes me awhile to get to where I can see what comes next but once I do, I
    stand unwavering – secure in my decision and knowledge that I’m doing what’s

  • Terry in Arkansas


    One day at a time, one hour at a time, one minute at a time,
    sometimes even one second at a time: stamina, backbone, patience, constancy,
    diligence, endurance, stability, tenacity.  This . . .  my life.

  • Matt

    Perseverance in 33 Words

    Nothing has worked out the way I wanted. So many of my dreams have withered away. But you have no idea what kind of disappointment I am. To you, I have not failed.

    • Absolutely love.

    • Katie

       Matt, I was told my entire childhood I was no good, useless, and taking up space. Told I would never achieve anything. I believed it for 40 years. I live a life around kindness. I graduated top honors today. You are not a failure. Hold onto your dreams.

  • every day it takes more than you thought to exist but in return the rewards  blind the lights of your dreams. the pursuit of happiness is grand, don’t forget to stop, be happy.  

  • Katie

    Perseverance does pay! I graduated Summa Cum Laude, today. It was difficult to achieve. Two members of my family (house) seriously ill, another died. I did it, and it only took 25 yrs!

  • Dith

    First score of years – discovering who I was not.
    Next score of years – finding out who I was.
    One more score and ten to go.
    I hope to use them well.

  • Des

    Try hard.  Try harder.  And when you think you have nothing left in the tank, try again. Success is that much sweeter when you’ve worked hard for it. Now go make it happen!

  • leaving

    in fear



    in hope





    while calling

    while crying

    gone, still without








    you don’t love’, they say









  • Matthew

    Perseverance is painful, and I don’t like to do it. I often wonder if it will ever pay off. But it’s all I’ve got, and I sure as hell am not giving up.

  • A difficult word perseverance. No original thoughts push thru the cliche’s perseverance ushers into my mind implying hardships overcome.
    I choose devotion or dedication! I don’t want to simply persevere.. Lets experience tenacity !

  • Euqeneuqen

    Just when you think it can’t get harder, it does.
    And just when you think you can’t get through it, you do.

  • I spent three days and nights in 30′-40′  seas, I stood double watches at the helm because my ship-mates were sickened on a 140′ long boat. Then safe harbor found in Nafplio, Greece, laughter

  • Tabetha

    They tell me no, that I’m not good enough, smart enough or powerful enough. They tell me no over and over and over and I stand up and tell them YES!

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