Regardless of their field, industry, or profession – business, sports, education, or the performing arts – all of the successful people I have written about in Working Toward Excellence came to a crossroads in their lives or careers and asked themselves one very important question:

Should I give up or should I persevere?

The lesson?

Successful people are successful because they have persevered through adversity, not in spite of it.

Another lesson?  Some will arrive at this crossroads more than once!