To the contrary of the proverb, to persevere is not diabolical, it's human. Giving up on trying, staying still, waiting for some external force to motivate you is what's diabolical. There is a lot of confusion surrounding the concept of motivation. Confusion is inevitable, considering that we live in a society that has traded our sense of effort and individual will in exchange for a cult of luck, talent, and genetics. We must remember how motivation works. We must become resilient: resilience is the ability to persist, to make motivation last, even in the face of obstacles and difficulties.