“It seems to me it’s not genetic gifts for tolerating stress or resisting pain that takes an athlete through extraordinary feats of endurance. When it comes down to the most daring of Earth’s expedition, success always seems to come down to four factors:

1. Physical Training

2. Know everything possible about the elements, the obstacles.

3. Surround yourself with brilliant, honorable people.

4. Unshakeable faith. “

“The swings up and down, during a long day at sea, brought into view all the physical and emotional terrain we travel on this life’s journey. One hour you’re strong and moving effortlessly across the surface. The next you’re in crisis and digging deep to stay in it. You’re low. You’re on empty. If you can somehow tap down to the depth of your drive, take one baby step, then another, you are soon climbing back on the net slope of the next mountain. You’re responsible for yourself . . . that down feeling, quitting, was far worse than suffering it out to the end, because that decision to quit haunts you and bleeds over into your outlook on everything else, just as not quitting buoys you for all else.”

“I am simply unwilling to accept blanket limits about the ceiling of performance. Not any one of us knows the power of the human spirit.”

“To Endure is the stuff of living a vital life.”

“If you’re going seventeen hours, you don’t let your mind wander to imagine what hour fifteen is going to be like when you’re still on hour one or two or three. You need to use conscious discipline to keep yourself from projecting forward. This is the only hour you’re in, this one. Halfway through, it’s a fool who celebrates in even a small way. There is no guarantee that the second half will resemble to first. But when the end is near, those last couple of hours, you feel the relief seeping in. You feel the self-respect of having stuck with it. Now you allow some emotion to flood your tired mind.”

“Failure is not a permanent condition.”

Read Find a Way by Diana Nyad

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