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“Brick walls are in your path to keep others with less motivation out from the prize” (2)
Your playing field may require for you to make repeated changes in your strategy. The magnitude of your challenge need not dissuade or defeat you when you adequately assess the problem.
For example, at any moment, at any barrier along its course, the shape and depth of the Mississippi River is determined by the unyielding channel along its tortuous pathway to its mouth. The force of the river water wins because it adapts its shape to the resistance of the channel. The river wins its prize of reaching the Gulf by adapting to the size and shape of the obstacles along its journey.
Challenges may require changes and adaptations in one’s course, but one’s strength and tenacity determines the victory. (3)
Churchill: “…never give in, never give in, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense,”(4)
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Charles Clanton Rogers – Revised September 11, 2015
1. Myphuong Nguyen, firstname.lastname@example.org
2. The Last Lecture. Randy Pausch, Professor, Carnegie Mellon
3. Sun Tzu, Chapter 46: The Art of War, 6th Century BC
4. The Complete speeches of Winston S. Churchill, NY: Bowker and London Chelsea House 1974