The movie Forrest Gump touched, moved, and inspired people 20+ years ago. The life lessons from the movie are just as relevant today as they were back in 1994. They give the movie it’s timeless nature.
This series is dedicated to listing the many life lessons from the movie that we can incorporate into our daily lives to feel more peace and love … and to live our lives with Gumption.
Life Lesson #14 was Perseverance … Life Lesson #23 is Persistence.
They are similar … but with one distinct difference.
One perseveres over time. Perseverance is the pursuit of goals during your journey of life.
One persists in the moment. Persistence is the pursuit of goals during a life chapter.
Perseverance is the macro … Persistence is the micro
Forrest persevered to become a success in the shrimping business.
Forrest persisted in working hard every day despite initially coming up with empty nets.
Forrest persevered to win the heart of Jenny.
Forrest persisted in showing up at her college, writing letters, and welcoming her each time she reappeared in his life.
Forrest persevered to become a ping-pong champion.
Forrest persisted by practicing daily for hour-after-hour.
Forrest persevered during his run across America for 3 years, 2 months, 14 days, and 16 hours.
Forrest persisted by running every single day.
Perseverance is a marathon.
Persistence is a sprint.
To persevere is to stay focused on your vision and big-picture goals.
To persist is to do the daily work necessary to achieve daily successes and movement towards your big-picture goals.
Persistence is taking 100% personal responsibility for your actions on a day-to-day basis.
Persistence is getting up every morning and doing the hard work required to achieve one’s goals.