People credited with (who are beleived to have) all kinds of ability, talent, brains and know-how (knowledge; practical ability), including the ability to see into the future, frequently (oftentimes; often) have nothing more than the courage to keep everlastingly at what they set out to do (continue doing what they have started). They do have one quality (characteristic) that is worth (has a value) more than all the rest put together [of their other qualities]- they simply will not quit (stop; give up).
Successful people, in any undertaking (activity; job or task), would be hard pressed to (have difficulty to) tell you the day they crossed (went to the other side of) that fine (very narrow and thin) line which separates winning from losing . That is why the decision you make at the beginning of an undertaking is so vitally (very very) important. Make up your mind (Decide; Make your decision) when you begin a project … you will finish it … whatever you set out to do. If you cannot agree with this one vital (important) point (fact), you would probably be wise to (decide to) set small meaningless (with no purpose or importance) objectives (goals).
William James put this point in proper perspective (gave us the right point of view) when he told us; "It is our attitude (thoughts, feelings and behavior) at the beginning of a difficult undertaking which, more than anything else, will determine (influence) its successful outcome (end; result)".
When you make a decision to do something and you decide, before you begin, you will finish, then it is only a matter of time (will surely happen at some time in the future).
Develop that bulldog (strong) persistence (decision to continue, even though it is difficult) you will require (need) and your success is guaranteed (will happen certainly, or 100%).
There is something rather (somehow; relatively) sad about the person who spends their life running in circles, first trying this and then that, expecting success to be quick and never staying with anything long enough to succeed. Jobs don't have futures – people do.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, What lies (exist) before you and what lies behind you are tiny matters (have no importance) compared to what lies within (inside of) you.
Remember, when you decide to do something – decide to finish it.
To your success,
Chairman & Co-Founder
Proctor Gallagher Institute