It's impossible not to think about these kinds of things when you're doing something very difficult, something where many other people have fallen by the wayside, too discouraged to continue. We want to believe that persistence will win the day for us. And...I think we have to keep believing that, because while it's true that not everyone can succeed despite making a Herculean effort, it's even more of an absolute for most of us that without persistence and dogged determination, we'll never get to grab the brass ring. And after all, doesn't all that hard work make the success at the end of the road--even if it's a rather small success--feel wonderfully satisfying?
Watch as this little mouse tries to do everything in its power to claim a cookie. Now that's persistence!