archaic : to strive to achieve or reach
2: to attempt (something, such as the fulfillment of an obligation) by exertion of effort


Source: www.merriam-webster.com


Endeavor (v.): 1400, from phrase put in dever (related to: endeavor (n.))

Endeavor (n.): early 15th century, “pains taken to attain an object,” literally “in duty,” form phrase put (oneself) in dever “make it one’s duty” (a partial translation of Old French mettre en deveir “put in duty“), from Old French dever “duty,” from Latin debere “to owe” (related to: debt).  One’s endeavors meaning one’s “utmost effort” is from late 15th century.

Source: etymonline.com


"Making your life is ultimately an extraordinarily creative endeavor."

Anna Deavere Smith (b. 1950, American actress, playwright, and professor, currently the artist-in-residence at the Center for American Progress)

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“In those things toward which we exerted our best endeavors we succeeded.” 

George S. Clason (1874-1957, soldier, businessman, and writer, best known for writing "The Richest Man in Babylon")

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“You're not a tree. So move; make something happen.” 

Richelle E. Goodrich (author, novelist, and poet)

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"In a society that glorifies the pioneers, it's easy to think that an endeavor is only worth pursuing if you can be the first to pursue it."

Wendy Kopp (b. 1967, CEO and Co-Founder of Teach For All, a network of nonprofit education organizations, and the founder of Teach For America, a national teaching corps)

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“Self-discipline is the cornerstone of any endeavor.” 

Bohdi Sanders (b. 1962, award-winning author of 8 books and martial artist and philosopher) 

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"The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor."

Vince Lombardi 1913-1970, football player, executive, and arguably the greatest football coach of all time)

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"Let us carefully observe those good qualities wherein our enemies excel us; and endeavor to excel them, by avoiding what is faulty, and imitating what is excellent in them."

Plutarch (46 ce—119 ce, biographer and author whose works strongly influenced the evolution of the essay, biography, and historical writing in Europe from the 16th to the 19th century)

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“Self-discipline is the cornerstone of any endeavor.”

Bohdi Sanders


When I graduated from college I thought I had some notion of what I could do for work.  I was a business major interested in pursuing a career in marketing.  But, once I entered a saturated job market, those aspirations didn’t work out.   Initially, I had to accept a couple of assistant positions that I was not particularly good at.  I remembered being fired from one, because I didn’t pay attention to the advances of my boss.  During the early to mid-eighties, a few years before Anita Hill testified at the Clarence Thomas hearings, sexual inappropriateness by men were part of the norm of just about every workplace.

I kept searching and ended up working for a great doctor who came from and with a good-natured family.  However, it was a stressful position with great benefits.  I could seek all the medical help I needed to take better of myself, physically and psychologically.

After, I had my son I left the medical field and had a three-year stint at a prestigious theater before leaving to work for a highly-regarded nonprofit.  At that institution, I cut my teeth on being qualitative prospect researcher in the fundraising field.

That’s when I really needed endeavor on being very disciplined, not only in my work, but also as a mother and as a strong woman.  And to top it off, I had to make some tough decisions about my life and marriage.  For the sake of my children and for the sake of myself, I needed to be extremely self-disciplined in incorporating spiritual practices hat empowered me for the better.

Endeavor for wholeness and radical kindness, sojourners, and do so with heart!

Much Love, Tonya








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