ALL THAT HAD GONE BEFORE

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“Look at a stone cutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred-and-first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not the last blow that did it, but all that had gone before.” ~Jacob Riis

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  1. Do you consider persistence as a grind or just small consistent actions repeated in volume? Do you think it’s both? Please share in the comments.

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Chevon Thomas
Chevon Thomas
2 years ago

I consider it a grind. Some people have the tendency to be impatient so after awhile they don’t see results they give up. It’s the grind that keeps you going knowing that eventually the results will show up

Sidd Narayanabhatla
Sidd Narayanabhatla
2 years ago

I consider persistence as a grind. I think that small consistent action repeated over time in volume is consistency. The definition of persistent via oxford languages is: “continuing firmly or obstinately in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.” The definition implies opposition and difficulty throughout the ride. In other words, persistence implies hardship and a grind. Though doing something so consistently over time may be hard, and difficult, it falls under the definition of consistency more than persistency.

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Scarlett Glasser-Nehls(@scarlett-glasser-nehls)
2 years ago

Nice Sidd!

April James
April James
2 years ago

I consider it a grind. I’m constantly putting pressure on the obstacles in my way.

Saagar Shah
Saagar Shah
2 years ago

I think it’s both. I think it is small continuous actions that eventually lead to the “grind” idea and that helps you achieve your goals.

Denise McConnell
Denise McConnell
2 years ago

I consider persistence to be one consistent action repeated in volume. A grind had negative connotations and paints a picture of lots of resistance. Consistency encourages me.

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Scarlett Glasser-Nehls(@scarlett-glasser-nehls)
2 years ago

I like your insights! Thanks 😀

Quinten Sutton
2 years ago

I have to lean more towards persistence being a grind. When you look at the definitions of persistent and grind, there’s an emotional wall of difficulty or dullness that you may have to overcome. This is necessary in order to keep moving towards your goal. However, I do believe that the”small consistent actions repeated in volume” mindset is DEFINITELY needed. That militant, focused way of thinking where you have to just put one foot in front of the other and keep going, you need that. When fear, life, and other outside variables (positive or negative) are coming at you, that mindset is definitely one that’s needed in order for you not to give up……..so I guess my answer really is BOTH…it just took me a while to get there 😆

Ally Williams
Ally Williams
2 years ago

I think persistence can be both. I think persistence is not a description of what you do, but the way in which you do it, meaning persistence is an action required of overcoming a challenge.

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2 years ago
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Great point Ally!

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Scarlett Glasser-Nehls(@scarlett-glasser-nehls)
2 years ago

The definition of grind is, “hard dull work”. I think persistence is both a grind and small consistent actions. Being persistent can be hard and dull work. But it also requires consistent action. And I agree that the phrases have different connotations.