Why is dedication important

Whenever I need a reminder of how important dedication is to reaching your goals I think of Victor Hugo.

He started writing Les Miserables in the 1830s and finished it 17 years later.

17 YEARS!

I can only imagine his level of dedication. To start a project that would take almost two decades to complete seems almost incomprehensible to me.

The Importance of Dedication

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His book has been generally considered one of the greatest novels of the nineteenth century.

It’s an epic that’s been told and retold countless times to millions of people in mini-series, movies and musicals. One popular version even came out last year. Would he have reached so many people if he hadn’t been so dedicated to finishing his story?

Thankfully most goals don’t take anywhere near as long as it did for Victor Hugo. His is a very extreme case of dedication. But let’s compare his level of dedication to the way many other people approach their goals.

Many people give up way too soon. They only think in the short term so when there isn’t much progress right away towards their goals, they give up on them. This is the time of year when people start dropping their New Year’s resolutions and drift back into their old habits and way of life.

It’s not that these people don’t want to make those changes; it’s just that that at some point they lost their dedication to making those goals happen. Most goals take a long time so you need to have perseverance and determination to see them to the end. Imagine how long it will take you to lose a lot of weight, write a book or start an online business.

These are things that don’t happen overnight.