People who can’t do anything that takes unrelenting effort, never really do anything at all. I talked about being self-employed, remodeling & selling my home, building a new company, selling all my stuff, and moving away, long before achieving those things. In each case, people said after a few weeks that I must have been just talking. They lost heart, on my behalf. They couldn’t stick with it, vicariously, through belief in me. And they certainly couldn’t honor the track record and see how each thing was a stage leading to the next. I look, and of course I also don’t see them doing anything that takes that kind of glued-to-it determination over time. They didn’t believe for me, because they don’t believe for themselves. In this sense, belief is simply the practical equivalent of determination mixed with desire and patience.

— Asher's Maxim 491

Asher Black

Asher Black is a former literary and review editor who writes, thinks, reads, listens, and is interested in the interior darkness of the soul.

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