I was reading a great article entitled "The Blessings of Perseverance" in the April 2014 Ensign by Claudio D. Zivic. My favorite part was where the author said that he read a definition of the word "persevere" somewhere that he thought was better than the definition that is in the dictionary. This is the quote:
To persevere means to maintain the ability to endure, to carry on, to continue in the same state without weakening or perishing. It is being able to go on in the face of pain, oppression, discouragement or suffering without being defeated.
He also goes on to quote President Calvin Coolidge:
Nothing in this world can take the place of perseverance. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "press on" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
I really loved both of these quotes, we have been talking a lot about hard work in our home lately, specifically about a friend who has had a very hard life, but had not learned how to work hard. Learning to work hard and persevere had made a huge change in this friend's life. To persevere is definitely worth the effort once you see the results.