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Jacob sent messengers ahead to his brother Esau in the land of Seir, the country of Edom [and he said] I have acquired an ox and a donkey.
– Beraishit 32:4-6
…the ox is a reference to Joseph, that the donkey is a reference to Issachar who is described in terms of a patient and hard working donkey in Jacob’s blessings in Genesis 49:14. Joshua, a direct descendant of Joseph, would defeat Amalek [Esau’s descendents] in battle.
– Shenei Luchot HaBerit, Torah Shebikhtav, Vayishlach, Torah Ohr 42
Moses said to Joshua, “Pick some men for us, and go out and do battle with Amalek.”
– Exodus 17:8
Moses said to Joshua, etc. As soon as Moses realized that the sin for which the Israelites were being punished was their neglect of Torah he said to himself that the most suitable person to confront Amalek was Joshua. The Torah itself testifies in Exodus 33:11 that Joshua did not move from the tent as he was consistently busy studying Torah. (the word אהל is traditionally equated with the “tent in which one studies Torah”).
– Ohr HaChaim on Exodus 17:
“The harder I work, the luckier I get.”
– Jerry Barber
“Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.”
– Dwayne Johnson
“I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do, provided he keeps doing them until he gets a record of successful experience behind him.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt
The Torah gives a detailed account of the daily tamid offering in the Holy Temple. This service was performed with perfect consistency every day, rain or shine, always. This teaches the importance of infusing our lives with this same quality of consistency.
To become a great human being requires applying your mind constantly, until it pervades every fiber of your being. The human body loves patterns. Even the most daunting tasks become fluid when set into a schedule. This means doing the activity in the same place, at the same time, and in the same way. It pays to be consistent.
When we are trying to reach a goal, it is natural to have times along the way when we feel super-inspired and want to do it all at once, and other times when we may feel like throwing in the towel and giving up. In Pirkei Avot it says “the day is short and the work is abundant…”, [therefore], “it is not your duty to finish the work, but neither are you at liberty to neglect it.” Meaning, God only expects us to work persistently and consistently towards a goal, whether or not we actually accomplish it. However, we should not use this as an excuse to not try our hardest and do our best.
The most effective way to succeed is through steady, balanced, and consistent effort, no matter how we may feel at the moment. Whenever you pursue a specific goal, it should be without interruption. It’s actually better to study for one hour straight, than for two hours with interruptions. Interruptions break our train of thought and limit our ability to retain information. They take the power out of learning.
Time is the greatest opportunity of your life. Don’t waste a minute of it. It all begins with a decision, a commitment. Today, try saying aloud: “Life is an opportunity. I want to use my mind, and be constantly moving toward my goal.”
Rabbi Noah Weinberg