Cyrus Fields spent a decade of heart breaking set-backs before the trans-Atlantic cable was laid, everyone lost faith in the idea except him, he believed that instantaneous communication across oceans was a necessity not an option. The great violinist Gerald was asked how long it took him to learn to play, his answer, 12 hrs a day for 20 yrs.
Many know the story of Karl Lee’s, History of the French revolution, the Manu-script was lent to a friend who left it lying on the floor, a maid took it spindling to the fire and it went up in flame in a min or two, though this was a great blow Karl went to his books and spent several more months rewriting it better that the original one. Thoreau’s A week on the Concord and Marrimack river sold so poorly that the publishers returned most of the copies to him, he wrote in his diary “I have 900 volumes in my library 700 of which i wrote myself” a few year later came The success of waldon.
One more; Columbus was rejected by scores of Kings and Queens and Nobles before he got funding to sail to the new world. Show me a really great triumph that is not the reword of persistence.