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 111 There are exceptions to this rule; a few people know from experience the
112 soundness of persistence. They are the ones who have not accepted defeat as
113 being anything more than temporary.
114 They are the ones whose DESIRES are so PERSISTENTLY APPLIED that
115 defeat is finally changed into victory. We who stand on the side-lines of Life see
116 the overwhelmingly large number who go down in defeat, never to rise again. We
117 see the few who take the punishment of defeat as an urge to greater effort.
118 These, fortunately, never learn to accept Life's reverse gear. But what we DO
119 NOT SEE, what most of us never suspect of existing, is the silent but irresistible
120 POWER which comes to the rescue of those who fight on in the face of
121 discouragement. If we speak of this power at all we call it PERSISTENCE, and
122 let it go at that. One thing we all know, if one does not possess PERSISTENCE,
123 one does not achieve noteworthy success in any calling.
124 As these lines are being written, I look up from my work, and see before me, less
125 than a block away, the great mysterious "Broadway," the "Graveyard of Dead
126 Hopes," and the "Front Porch of Opportunity." From all over the world people
127 have come to Broadway, seeking fame, fortune, power, love, or whatever it is
128 that human beings call success. Once in a great while someone steps out from
129 the long procession of seekers, and the world hears that another person has
130 mastered Broadway. But Broadway is not easily nor quickly conquered. She
131 acknowledges talent, recognizes genius, pays off in money, only after one has
132 refused to QUIT.
133 Then we know he has discovered the secret of how to conquer Broadway. The
134 secret is always inseparably attached to one word, PERSISTENCE!
135 The secret is told in the struggle of Fannie Hurst, whose PERSISTENCE
136 conquered the Great White Way. She came to New York in 1915, to convert
137 writing into riches. The conversion did not come quickly, BUT IT CAME. For
138 four years Miss Hurst learned about "The Sidewalks of New York" from first
139 hand experience. She spent her days laboring, and her nights HOPING. When
140 hope grew dim, she did not say, "Alright Broadway, you win!" She said, "Very

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