A Rare, Sought-After Quality


Statistics say most people lack one quality which almost guarantees success.

It’s not talent.  YouTube testifies to that.  It’s not beauty.

It’s not youth, or intelligence, or charisma.  Those are good, but having them is useless without this quality.

Bosses seek it.  Mentors cherish it.

The ability to finish.

Experts have noticed that – in the age of instant – perseverance is becoming increasingly rare.  In fact, one article states that bosses are looking for one key quality in employees: the ability to finish.

One boss said, “Most employees start something, but hardly any finish it.”

Less than half of middle-class college attendees finish their degree.  Only three of ten people accomplish the their goals.  And only eight of one hundred people achieve their New Years’ resolution – if they set it.

Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg said something famous: “Done is better than perfect.”

In a world where everyone is a social media star, it’s hard to stand out.

If you possess this ability, however, chances are you will stand out.

Lack of perseverance is something I and everyone around me struggle with.  My coworkers don’t finish a project because it’s hard. I give up my weight loss journey because I can’t see results soon enough.

Statistics tell us we’re not alone.

Whatever the reason, we never see the fruits of our labor because we always quit before we’re finished.  This can lead to frustration, depression, and bitterness.

In fact, God says we’ll reap the benefits only if we don’t give up (Galatians 6:9).  This means that no matter how much effort you put into something, you’ll never benefit unless you finish.

The goal of our life race is not to finish first.

The goal is to finish.

After all, God didn’t tell us to run quickly.  He told us to run with endurance (Hebrews 12:1).

Finish whatever God has given you to do in this life – whether it’s starting a business.  Writing a book.  Getting a college degree.  Creating a foundation.

Whatever the Lord has put on your heart to do, work at it every day.  Don’t give up.  You don’t have to do it fast; you just have to finish.  Perseverance pays (Hebrews 10:36).

Will the year-from-now you be proud?  Or frustrated?  It’s up to you.

One of my inspirations, Chandler Bolt, coined the phrase “accountabilibuddies.”  These are accountability partners, and we all need them.

Do you have a goal you struggle to reach?

Have you given up more times than you remember?

If so, you’re in good company.  We’d love to encourage you in perseverance.  We’d love to hear your goals and be your accountabilibuddy!

Leave a comment below, or you can message us via our Prayer/Questions page.

As always, be blessed!

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