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The Power of Persistence

The Power of Persistence
Most of the times, things just don’t go the way you would like them to when starting a business, career, family, company, etc. It would be nice if it was easy, but trust me it's not, it's never is.

Persistence is the one thing which separates the winners from the losers. When an individual makes up his or her mind to accomplish a particular feat and set his/ her focus in that direction, refusing to be deterred, he or she usually gets what they went after.

The power of perseverance, even in the face of adversity, is the true mark of champions. Indeed, those who achieve great things are those who do not know when to quit. From others, they hear taunting remarks and critics constantly remind them, over and over again, that what they are attempting to do, will not work. Yet they persevere. Persistence is the fire that drives champions.

A life of Purpose, Passion and Persistence always produces Prosperity. Napoleon Hill in his book, Think and Grow Rich says this, "Persistence is an essential factor in transmuting desire into its monetary equivalent." He goes on to explain that desire (passion) plus the power of will (persistence) make an irresistible pair and almost always end up producing wealth.

A long attention span, combined with determination, is an attribute shared by all successful people. These days most people don't have the attention span of a gnat. They channel surf. Their opinions change from day to day. They cannot read anything longer than a USA Today article. They move from fad to fad. They change from one business opportunity to the next without ever waiting for their work to bear fruit.

Thomas Edison commented that 90% of people quit 90% of the way to accomplishing their goals. These days it is 99% who quit a mere 20% of the way. Those who persist, win. Those who do not, lose. That is as true today as it was 60 years ago when Hill wrote Think and Grow Rich.

It seems that the only thing that most people have the capacity to persist with is their bad habits of thinking and believing. Despite the overwhelming evidence that the way they think and what they believe is not producing the results they desire, they persist in hanging on to what does not work.

Define your ideals, plan their enactment and persist in your plan and you will produce results. Desire and faith (belief) are the fuel that produces persistence. Persistence turns stumbling blocks into stepping-stones on your pathway to success.

Many perceive a molehill as an insurmountable mountain blocking their path; the few choose to see a mountain in their path as an opportunity to gain a vaster perspective of their pathway forward. It is simply a matter of attitude. Purpose plus passion plus persistence equals prosperity.

Calvin Coolidge said it clearly: "Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent." This is as succinct as I can say it… If you fail to persist, you will persist in failing.

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