Persistence & Icy Determination, the Keys to Success

By John Farnam

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Persistence & Icy Determination, the Keys to Success
Defense Training International, Inc
Defense Training International, Inc

Ft Collins, CO –-( “Knowledge defeats fear. Preparation defeats failure. Discipline defeats panic” ~ Michael Lang

Aspiring Operators!

I trained a stalwart group of enthusiastic students of our Art last weekend.

Some were new to gun ownership, but all were acute students!

I do my best to remind them that persistence and icy determination are far more important than any kind of natural talent:

A friend and colleague puts it this way:

“I will persist until I succeed. I was not delivered unto this world in defeat, nor does failure course in my veins.

I am not a sheep waiting to be prodded by a shepherd, I am a lion, and I refuse to walk, talk, nor sleep with sheep.

I will hear not those who whine and snivel, for their disease is contagious. Let them join the sheep.

The slaughterhouse of failure is not my destiny.

I will persist until I succeed.

The prizes of life are at the end of each journey, only rarely at the beginning. And it is not given unto me to know how many steps are necessary in order to reach my goal.

Failure I may encounter at the thousandth step, yet success hides behind the next bend in the road. Never will I know how close it lies unless I take another step. If that is of no avail I will take another, and yet another.

In truth, one step at a time is not difficult.”


“All paths kneel before decisive minds!” ~ Mehmet Murat Ildan


About John Farnam & Defense Training International, Inc
As a defensive weapons and tactics instructor John Farnam will urge you, based on your own beliefs, to make up your mind in advance as to what you would do when faced with an imminent and unlawful lethal threat. You should, of course, also decide what preparations you should make in advance, if any. Defense Training International wants to make sure that their students fully understand the physical, legal, psychological, and societal consequences of their actions or inactions.

It is our duty to make you aware of certain unpleasant physical realities intrinsic to the Planet Earth. Mr Farnam is happy to be your counselor and advisor. Visit: