What Does Denis Waitley Really Mean In His Quote About Effort

“Success is almost totally dependent upon drive and persistence. The extra energy required to make another effort or try another approach is the secret of winning.” – Denis Waitley

What does it really mean to give something our best effort? Who decides what our best effort is? If you happen to be in either collegiate or professional sports, it is often the announcer or host of a sports show making the judgement call about a best effort. The truth is, only the individual knows whether they have given their best effort…

An event is simply the place in time where effort is demonstrated. All of the real work takes place behind the scenes in everything leading up to an event. This is certainly not a scenario unique to athletes. Almost any profession, or any type of work requiring the mastering of a skill or set of skills, is predicated on the work leading up to the opportunity to practice that profession, or demonstrate those skills.

In simple terms, there is no substitute for preparation. The only way to ever become the very best we can be, is to do the work. Many things in life both can and should be delegated. Our personal work can only be done by us. No one else can do it for us, the same way no one can exercise for us. Some things must be done and can only be done by us. Therefore, the only way we can ever know if we have given our best, is to know we have also done the work. If we haven’t, we might be the only ones that know…

Champions know their drive and persistence are as important, or even more important than skill. The extra effort to try again and again and again comes from the heart of the champion. The extra energy to keep going when we fail to hit the mark comes from knowing persistence pays dividends. A world class speaker, sales professional, litigator, singer, artist, athlete, actor, or entrepreneur, all know the secret to their success is the willingness to persist and make an extra effort even when it might seem futile.

Author: Bobby Kountz

Bobby Kountz is a former Oncology Nurse, a seasoned Oncology Sales Professional, and Personal Development Enthusiast. He is also an Inspirational Writer, Professional Speaker, Personal Development and Career Transition Coach, Dedicated Community Volunteer, Social Equality Activist, Mental Health Activist, and Loving Father and Husband.