To be any kind of an artist, tenacity is a critical skill. Whether you are writing, painting or dancing, you must continue to push your limits. When others don’t believe in you, standing firm against the naysayers will allow you to keep creating. When someone has hard advice, having tenacity will help you take it and improve. Tenacity can mean being responsive to events, using a setback as an opportunity. Tenacity makes success possible. Those who don’t have it rarely succeed!
There’s good news. Even if you’re a person who gives up easily, tenacity can be built. Though it can be a natural quality, it can also be a habit. Just practice not giving up. If you don’t succeed, just try again later. As a skill, it can be learned.
Winston Churchill knew a lot about tenacity. When he was young, he was thin and weak, but he made himself an athlete. He was terrified of public speaking, but he forced himself to learn and became one of the best orators in history. That spirit serves all artists and creative people well!
Churchill quotes about tenacity:
“Attitude is a little thing that makes a BIG difference.”
“Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.”
“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”
“Every day you may make progress. Every step may be fruitful. Yet there will stretch out before you an ever-lengthening, ever-ascending, ever-improving path. You know you will never get to the end of the journey. But this, so far from discouraging, only adds to the joy and glory of the climb.”
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts.”
“What is adequacy? Adequacy is no standard at all.”
“It is wonderful what great strides can be made when there is a resolute purpose behind them.”
“This is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never — in nothing, great or small, large or petty — never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”