Pushing to the Front

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Gibbon’s Decline and fall of the Roman Empire took 20 yrs to write, Webster spent 36 yrs on his dictionary and Stephenson laboured for 15 yrs to perfect his locomotive. Harvey worked for 8 yrs before publishing his work on the circulation of blood, then had to wait 25 yrs before the theory was finally accepted.

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.


Prison has a way of arousing positive energy, so Sir Walter Raleigh wrote the history of the world during his 13 yrs in prison, Martin Luther made his bible translation while in prison, and Doter wrote while in exile, Cervantes took up his pen while in prison in Madrid producing Don Quixote and in the recent times we think of Nelson Mandela in Robben Island writing his memorable Autobiography and planning a new South Africa.

Author: davidaswani

ati Aswani IMG_9441 I am an enterprise consultant, a creative and a tech enthusiast. Am also undertaking my certification in network security at the Cisco Academy. In my spare time, I improve my skills through training’s, tech gatherings and networking. Some of the things that am passionate about is traveling, art, volunteering and cycling, those are the things that keep my blood circulating.

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