The Power of Perseverance

May 16th, 2011

YouTube Preview ImageWe tend to give up too easily on things we think we can’t do. The truth is that we can do those things, but we tell ourselves we can’t. That is dangerous.

Do you want to learn how to play guitar, become a designer, or an architect but feel like you should just give up? For me it was learning how to build a large website. Quite frankly I hadn’t the best clue on how to do that. What I found was that time is what it would take; time was my friend. How you form your relationship with time is also key.

Let me say that one more time—believe in yourself and just do it.

Sure it sounds like a line out of a self-help book, but we all really need to read it. Sometimes it’s not just that we think we can’t do things it’s that other people tell us we can’t do them. The next time someone tells you something isn’t possible, question why. Question why because their intent might fall towards laziness rather than a technical problem.

What I’m trying to say is that the guy in this video, Og De Souza, didn’t give up skateboarding just because he doesn’t have the same ability to use his legs as we do. He persevered. He said the hell with those who think I can’t do it, and the hell with my own negative thoughts. I can’t think of a more perfect example than this to fuel your fire and drive you forward into your next goal.

Posted by on 05/16/11 in Creativity & Thinking, Miscellaneous, Video

9 COMMENTS   »  Leave your Comment

  1. Powerful stuff. wow.
    Thank you for sharing this.

  2. Jesse says:

    Wow. Amazing. My life is so easy and I never stop to appreciate it and be thankful.

  3. Josh says:

    Thanks a ton for this post! I really love the video and all the words here.

    I also really appreciate that you share more than just work on here – It takes a decent amount of courage to be genuine and share words of wisdom, so thanks a ton for all that you’ve been doing with the blog.

  4. michael says:

    Mad respect, Shelby! This is a wonderful post. It’s so refreshing to actually read this from a designer, and visual / information architect like yourself. I couldn’t agree more with your stance on inspiration, motivation and ambition. It’s truly all about believing in oneself, and bypassing all cynicism and doubt.

    All the haters and cynics can suck it.

    Cheers, man!

    – m

  5. vincent says:

    It’s interesting that I randomly find this article at the exact moment I needed to hear this. Great article, thanks for posting!


  6. Tom DeForest says:

    I recently had this same realization. I can be good at something if I put in the time. Time seems to come cheap so I waste a lot of it. If I spent more time pursuing dreams, they would no longer be dreams—they would be reality.

  7. Fantastic post! This is perfect for me right now, I needed this. Doesn’t sound like a self help book at all, makes perfect sense. I need to design my own site, thanks for the push to do so.
    This site is amazing!

  8. Dominique says:

    Thanks a lot for sharing!
    Sometimes we forget it. Feels good to hear it again!
    Congrats for this site & your work `.*

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