Winston Churchill may have been one of the 20th Century’s greatest leaders, but when it comes to perseverance in the face of adversity, he often hailed the character of ordinary people as an example of practical bravery and resourcefulness.

About reaching our full potential even in the midst of trouble, Churchill said, “Continuous effort, not strength or intelligence, is the key to unlocking our potential.”

In other words, we need not be afraid of who is stronger and smarter than we are; all we have to do is concentrate on giving our best possible effort in the moment at hand. There will always be someone more capable, more confident, than we are now. But if we can cast those doubts aside and focus just on giving continuous effort, then we ourselves can move mountains, regardless of who else stands in our way.