a couple of years ago

Remember The Stonecutter and Keep Hammering Away!

There’s a great quote from 19th century social reformer, Jacob Riis, that is prominently displayed in the locker room of successful NBA team, the San Antonio Spurs.

When nothing seems to help, I go and look at the stonecutter hammering away at his rock, perhaps 100 times without so much as a crack showing in it.  Yet at the 101st blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone on before.
Sometimes, we get frustrated because we’ve been trying to get a breakthrough in a certain area of life, but we don’t seem to be making any progress.
Remember the stonecutter and keep hammering away.
Sometimes, we feel inadequate because we see the abilities of others and don’t think that we can ever reach their standard of excellence.
But what we see is the end product of years of hard work and practice.
So don’t get demoralised, but remember the stonecutter and keep hammering away.
Sometimes, we look at life and wish that it was easier.  If only we got every job that we applied for, made a sale with every pitch, got the answer we were looking for with every question we asked or lost weight every time we went to the gym.
It doesn’t work like that.
Remember the stonecutter and keep hammering away.
Success doesn’t come to those who try to break the rock and give up after one or two attempts.
It comes to those who keep going until they finally get the breakthrough that they were after.
So remember the stonecutter and keep hammering away!