Thankfully, persistence is a great substitute for talent.

Thankfully, persistence is a great substitute for talent.

Steve Martin

This quote stood out to me when picking it. Persistence means never giving up. Some people may have talent and can do something effortlessly, but we all have things that we struggle with.

Let’s say someone is talented and natural at soccer. That may be your weak spot and you may think that you will never be as good as them. What I want you to apply from this quote, is that you should keep practicing and persist no matter how much you want to give up. With persistence, you can be as good or even better than anyone else!

An example where this quote came in handy for me, was karate. There is a girl in my class and we usually are partners. She is very talented and is able to complete any move effortlessly. Sometimes I feel that I am not as talented as her, but I always keep pushing to be as good as I can be.

Once, we were learning a new move and we had to come back it was time to demonstrate. My teacher had motivated me to keep going and try to keep getting to the next level. After practicing for countless hours with many high-rankers, not only was I able to perform the move better than my partner, I completed it better than everyone else in the class.


I encourage everyone from my experience, to persist to do anything that you desire. No matter how tempted you may be to give up, keep going and you will achieve your goal. You will also feel much better knowing that you pushed through.

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My name is Gurbani Singh. I am a teenager and often found myself searching for positive quotes for girls as I am a teenage girl. I have made it a Goal to daily post Positive and Inspiring quotes that are encouraging for us to learn from and apply into our daily lives. 

If you are a parent with youth kids or teenage son, daughter, boy or girl, I hope you find my posts inspirational and motivating. 

Encourage your kids to read and write what this means to them & how they will apply this quote to their lives. Also, consider breathing meditation as a way to help calm down and reflect on the message.

You can read all of my encouraging quotes for teens

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