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Personal development: The importance and the limitations of hope December 23, 2017

Posted by Dennis Mellersh in Concept of personal development.
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Personal development: The importance and the limitations of hope

We are often told of the importance of the concept or quality of hope to the human spirit; but is hope enough to carry us through difficult times, or do we need to cultivate an additional personal characteristic?

The philosopher Eric Hoffer has the following to say about “hope”:
“There is no hope without self-delusion, while courage is sober and sees things as they are. Hope is perishable, while courage is long-lived. It is easy in an outburst of hope to start a difficult undertaking, but it takes courage to bring it to a conclusion.”

For “hope” we could substitute enthusiasm, and for “courage” persistence.

A high state of excitement or enthusiasm can be difficult to sustain over a long period of work.

We might be excited, optimistic and initially highly enthused about learning how to write poetry, to learn a difficult new skill, or to start a challenging self-improvement program, but we will need a drip-drip-drip* approach to get it done, and that requires persistence, or the ability to “stick with it.”

* Drip-drip-drip is Seth Godin’s metaphor for the approach needed to accomplish long-term goals.

— Dennis Mellersh


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