Thomas Edison once explained that in inventing, “the first step is an intuition–and comes with a burst–then difficulties arise.” What set Edison apart from other inventors is tolerance for these difficulties and the steady dedication with which he applied himself toward solving them.

Life is hard. Work is hard. Dreaming is hard. The good news is, it’s okay to be discouraged, but it’s definitely not okay to quit.

I failed this week. I failed big time and it’s only Tuesday. But as I’ve been reading and studying the past months, I’ve become okay with pioneering into the unknown only to end up a total failure at the end. Fortunately, failure shows us the way. I seem to talk a lot about failure on the blog, but I’m growing more and more okay with doing so.

This month I’ll be 25 years old. Quarter life crisis time (Is that a real thing?). It might sound crazy but I’ve been a little stressed out. My mind hasn’t been clear, I haven’t been as productive as I need to be, and I’m failing more and more each day. However, in all of this fear, emotion, and stress(?)–gosh I sound like a 16-year-old-girl–I’ve found that persistence is the key. Keep waking up, keep pursuing, keep hustling. As I think about men like Thomas Edison and the persistence they had, I realize what truly being able to create means. That in itself is persistence. Youtube star, Casey Neistat, is always saying, “Just keep uploading,” that in itself is persistence and a true testament to what makes someone great.

My point for today’s entry is simple. I’m going to keep failing, keep grinding, and keep persisting. It’s the only way. This five-minute write was a much-needed therapy session to myself. Now back to regularly scheduled programming.