If there’s anyone who has taught me amazing lessons about persistence, I tell you the truth, it’s my two-year-old daughter. She manifests and expresses this great quality like I’ve never seen before. So simple, yet powerful! When I tell her she can’t have her crayons and still have my pen, she’ll end up being so persistent that I’ll even join her in the colouring exercise.
Friends, the irony of life is that the moment you take a decision for action, things are likely to go wrong. And your determination to succeed in life will be challenged at every conceivable level. Therefore, it is critically important to learn the power of persistence; without it, you will fall short of where you ought to be in life! Walt Disney once said, “All our dreams can come true – if we have the courage to pursue them”.
I once read a story about a man who did something very remarkable during the incidence of the great Chicago fire. The morning after the fire, a group of merchants stood on the State street, looking at the smoking remains of what had been their stores. They went into a conference to decide if they would try to rebuild, or leave Chicago and start over in a more promising section of the country. They reached a decision – all except one – to leave Chicago.
The merchant who decided to stay and rebuild pointed a finger at the remains of his store, and said, “Gentlemen on that very spot I will build the world’s greatest store, no matter how many times it may burn down.” That was almost a century ago. The store was built. It stands there today, a towering monument to the power of that state of mind known as a burning desire. The easy thing for Marshall Field to have done would have been exactly what his fellow merchants did. When the going was hard, and the future looked dismal, they pulled up and went where the going seemed easier.
“Tough times never last, but tough people do.” – Robert Schuller
The easiest thing that comes to mind when the going gets tough is in the four lettered word ‘quit.’ But whoever understands that a good thing is not always easy to come by will stand tall and squarely, shoulder to shoulder with whatever it is that presents itself as a hurdle. Be it a failure, at first, second, third or even fourth trial. Or perhaps, the lack of funds or resources to bankroll an idea, a concept or even a dream. According to Robert Schuller, ‘Tough times never last, but tough people do.’ So, when you fall, get up and get going again. That’s the key to opening the doors of success – PERSISTENCE! A popular slogan says ‘Winners don’t quit and quitters don’t win.’ No hurdle is big enough to keep you down!
Therefore, hold on to your vision for a future of success and greatness. In time, those dreams will materialise, for the secret of success is simple – never, ever, ever give up!
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