Perseverance is one of the most important traits a person can possess. To me it means having the self-awareness necessary to move forward and trust my inner voice no matter what happens. Very often, talented people will stifle their work or choose a "safer" career path because of what they heard from well-meaning people as they were growing up. I've found it helpful to keep going in spite of the inside and outside detractions and just do my thing.
It doesn't take superhuman effort to keep going, simply do one small thing each day that helps you continue your journey. Keep building your self-awareness so you can continue clarifying what you really want to do in life. Repeated modest actions will eventually add up to a great body of work and deep fulfillment. What insights do you have on perseverance?