It didn’t start out well. On Thursday night when the Cleveland Browns hosted the New York Jets, the Brows found themselves in an early hole, down 14-0 near the end of the first half. After 635 days, it looked like it would be at least another 10 between Browns’ wins.

But then - a spark. Baker Mayfield entered the game and the energy, on the field and in the crowd, ignited. Mayfield led Cleveland on a second half comeback, and the Browns held on to win 21-17.

When you experience loss after loss for so long, it’s awfully hard to get motivated for the next challenge. But that doesn’t mean you should give up. In sports, business, and life, you need to carry on to the next thing. Learn to fail forward and absorb the lessons the experience offers. When opportunity appears, you’ll be poised to strike, armed with the knowledge and wisdom you’ve earned along the way.

Here are quotes to inspire you - and the Houston Texans, who have gone 306 days without a win - to persevere:

1. “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” - Albert Einstein

2. “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” - Winston S. Churchill

3. “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” - Thomas Edison

4. “Energy and persistence conquer all things.” - Benjamin Franklin

5. “Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.” - Julie Andrews

6. “Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” - John Quincy Adams

7. “Let me tell you the secret that has led to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.” - Louis Pasteur

8. “Perseverance, secret of all triumphs.” - Victor Hugo

9. “I do not think that there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.” - John D. Rockefeller

10. “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” - Confucius

11. “Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.” - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

12. “I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.” - Abraham Lincoln

13. “Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure.” - Benjamin Disraeli

14. “Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.” - F. Scott Fitzgerald

15. “If you're lost and alone, Or you're sinking like a stone, Carry on. May your past be the sound of your feet upon the ground. Carry on.” - fun.

16. “The difference between perseverance and obstinacy is that one comes from a strong will, and the other from a strong won't.” - Henry Ward Beecher

17. “Failure after long perseverance is much grander than never to have a striving good enough to be called a failure.” - George Eliot

18. “Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence.” - Ovid

Published on: Sep 22, 2018
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