The same is true of businessmen who build up fortunes. What we usually see are their achievements, but once we go behind the scenes we will find that they have put in a lot of continual steady efforts. We all have read of great musicians, writers and inventors who have created or discovered breakthroughs in human achievement. Invariably they have said that they owe all their success to perseverance. As to college students, quite a big number of then, have become successful language learners through perseverance, however, a certain group of them, just stop half way and their previous efforts turn out to be fruitless.
Of all the countless examples the saga of Colonel Saunders is perhaps one of the most outstanding. The 65-year-old man from Kentucky had a dream to start a chain of fried chicken restaurants all over the world. To realize his dream, he knew that he needed a restaurant owner to go into partnership with him to open the first restaurant and to fry chicken according to the secret recipe he had. Colonel Saunders had knocked on 1008 doors before he finally found his partner. It is doubtful whether many of us would have had the perseverance to knock even a hundred doors.