The Intent of This Blog

This blog is intended to be a tool for the growth of whoever wants to use it. It is a daily journal intended to help us be more introspective. Every day I will do my best to supply a motivational quote, a Bible verse, a vocabulary word, and a personal message from myself. Use these if you like as motivation to improve yourself. Then, simply answer the daily questions provided honestly and see if it has an impact on your life. Zig Ziglar said, "If you don't have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer." Lets not be just dreamers but doers. Remember Martin Luther King Jr not only had a dream, he also had an objective. Thanks for reading, Jake

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Monday, October 31, 2011

Persevere


Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” Thomas Edison

Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him. James 1:12

Persevere: “to persist in a state, enterprise, or undertaking in spite of counter influences, opposition, or discouragement” Merriam-Webster Dictionary

There's a story I heard in the book “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill about a man who stakes a claim for a gold mine, invests in equipment, and goes about mining. After months of digging with no success, he sold his equipment to a scrap yard and headed home in defeat. The man he sold his equipment to (having friends with knowledge of fault lines) saw potential in the abandoned mine and used his newly gained equipment to try his hand at mining for gold. Not more than a few feet from where the defeated miner stopped, he found a vein of gold that made him rich. My point is, arm yourself with all the knowledge you can, and never give up. Thomas Edison tried over one thousand times to create a working light bulb before he succeeded. I'm not sure I've failed a thousand times in my life period, let alone on a single task. And trust me, that's not to brag, it's mostly because I haven't tried to accomplish much. Thomas Edison obviously was full of knowledge, but his knowledge failed him literally thousands of times. Edison's most important value when it came to inventing was his perseverance, because without it he would have never sought the knowledge required to succeed. If we all had perseverance like Edison, I can't imagine we'd know much at all about defeat.

Daily Journaling Questions:
      1. How did I help someone today?
      2. What act of kindness did I perform today?
      3. What did I learn today?
      4. Who did I love today?
      5. What about today do I want to remember forever?
      6. What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading.
Jake


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