I love the story of Joseph in Genesis chapters 37 through 50. It is a story of two major characteristics: devotion and endurance.
It was a 23 year journey from pit to palace, and Joseph never once failed to remain true to his trust in God. He was devoted to following his convictions, and the endurance that he exhibited should make any of us want to imitate and admire him.
Through the years I have read his story many times, and each time I do I feel unworthy because of the wonderful example of this giant of a man.
Whatever it is that you and I want to accomplish, we should look to leaders like Joseph, because we need to know that long-term devotion and endurance is possible, and amazing results can be ours.