"Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races after another."
- Walter Elliott
What does this quote mean, exactly? Here's an example. Consider bodybuilding. Say a skinny guy wants to bulk up and add lots of muscle mass to his body. What would he have to do? Obviously weight train regularly, eat properly, and get enough rest. But, of course, his transformation would not be an overnight event. It would take months -- even years -- of consistent intense weight training, proper nutrition, and sufficient rest to achieve his goal body. He couldn't do one really long exercise session in the gym and one long day of perfect eating and rest and expect to add 20 lbs of muscle to his body by tomorrow. He would have to do that every single day, day in and day out, for months and years to see a real change in the mirror. Perseverance is not one long race; it is many short races after another. Perseverance is about constantly getting up each time you fall down; it's about never giving up no matter how difficult the process is or how hopeless you may feel. Each new day is the next short race that should be treated sacredly and spent productively. Over time, all the perfectly spent days -- all the "short races" -- will add up to the completion of one "long race", and you will have reached your goals and improved yourself drastically.