34. Moran Israel, Ph.D.
Behavioral Researcher and Data Scientist
“First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won’t. Habit is persistence in practice. You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.” – Octavia E. Butler
When I look back and think about how I got here and achieved my goals, the X-factor is persistence. We will always face obstacles and breakpoints, that’s just a fact of life. But the true measure of a woman is what happens after she hits a wall, whether she falls into despair and throws in the towel or picks herself up, regroups, reassesses, and goes at it again. Because challenges are what make us grow and improve ourselves. They take us out of our comfort zone and push our creativity to the limit.
Naturally, persistence needs motivation, discipline, and a strong sense of purpose, but I’ve always been more practical – when I set myself a goal, I try to make it as clear as possible, breaking large tasks into smaller ones, planning a time frame for completing the tasks, and not forgetting to reward myself for every task I complete.