If you want to understand the true meaning of persistence, you need to look at the Diana Nyad Ted talk.
In the 1970s, author, journalist and motivational speaker Diana Nyad set long-distance swim records that are still unbroken today. Over two days in 1979, Nyad swam from Bimini to Florida, setting a distance record for non-stop swimming without a wetsuit that still stands today. She broke numerous world records, including the 45-year-old mark for circling Manhattan Island. You can be gein to see why this Diana Nyad Ted Talk would be truly inspiring.
She did not succeed on her first attempt at swimming from Cuba. Not even on her second or third. In 2013, on her fifth attempt and at age 64, she became the first person confirmed to swim from Cuba to Florida without the help of a shark cage.
By early January 2010 Nyad began training for a summer attempt to swim from Cuba to Florida. Taking up residence in the Caribbean island of St. Maarten, from January through June, she would go for 8-, 10-, 12-, and 14-hour-long swims every other week.
In the Diana Nyad Ted Talk, she explains how she managed to achieve such an amazing feat and prove that you’re never too old to chase your dreams. There are so many important lessons in this video, you may need to watch it a few times.