Category Archives: Perseverance

Never give up

There’s a famous story about Winston Churchill being invited to speak at his old school – the famous Harrow Public School – and the essence of the story is that Churchill stood to his feet before the assembled school and … Continue reading

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The prizes eventually go to those who persevere

When Dino De Laurentis was looking for a lead actress for his movie, King Kong, his son asked him to interview a young actress named Meryl Streep. He took one look at her and said to his son, in Italian, … Continue reading

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‘One string – and Paganini.’

Nicolo Paganini was one of the greatest violinists of the nineteenth century. His most memorable concert was in Italy, performing before a packed house, when suddenly one string on his violin snapped. He never missed a beat but continued to … Continue reading

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Consider the postage stamp

One of the things I’m always grateful to my parents for, is that they always taught me that I didn’t have to compare my abilities to those of other people. All I needed to do was to do my best. … Continue reading

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Hope is more than wishful thinking

The end of the Cold War saw the emergence of some amazing figures in Eastern Europe. One of them was Vaclav Havel, a Czech poet and former political prisoner who went on to become the leader of the Czech republic. … Continue reading

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‘Just stay in the race’

When Cecil B. DeMille was making the movie Ben Hur, he decided that Charlton Heston should drive the chariot himself in that great chariot race scene, rather than just using a stunt man double. However, learning to drive a four … Continue reading

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