Persistence may be the most overlooked quality of a successful person. Too many people look at the end result and neglect the process, but the process is what makes the person a success. There is no quick fix in life, you must cope with the times and work on your craft everyday. In my last article, I wrote about how the ability to adapt is the main ingredient for success – which it is. But having the quality of adaptability is not enough; you need to be persistent towards success. I am not talking about blind persistence, when you push through even though you know you are clearly getting nowhere. No, I am talking about what I like to call “experimental persistence” – this is when you work towards your goal, but from many avenues. You don’t stick with one route if it is not working, you adapt and change.
Have a Plan
In my short 19 years of life, I have learned many important things and to persistent against all odds is a huge factor that will separate the losers from the winners in life. Too many people make a goal and then forget about it only weeks later, it is because we do not have a plan, we only have our end destination in mind. What we need is a plan to get there and if a certain path is not getting us further towards the direction we are trying to go towards, switch. It is that simple.
One of my objectives right now is the attainment of passive income. This has been a goal of mine for the past three years or so and I have dabbled with many different schemes. The ways to accrue money are numberless, but for me, certain ways work better than others.
I started off with network marketing, and it just wasn’t my cup of tea– so instead of sitting around and continue trying something my heart wasn’t totally into, I quit. Even though it works for many, it wasn’t going to work for me – my heart wasn’t into it. Knowing when to quit is pivotal in life.
I then went on through many get-rich quick schemes and although I made money, it wasn’t enough nor did I enjoy it. Fast-forward to today and I have found what I truly love: creating and building businesses. I have two businesses right now and they are in the beginning stages – I have exhausted courses and books on the subject matter and I know they will be a success.
Do not be harpooned into thinking there is only one way to reach success, there are many. If you don’t like a certain path, change it and begin anew. Don’t waste time.
However, keep in mind, I never wavered from my goal – my goal was and still is, the attainment of passive income. I have failed, but through those failures I have always salvaged something that I can learn from.
Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit. – Napoleon Hill
Thomas Edison failed 10,000+ times to make a light bulb – he had the same mission, but he tried many mediums until he reached success. Michael Jordan, Steve Jobs and Arnold Schwarzenegger all went through trails of massive failure, but they did not give up. They oscillated from their current path into something different – and that change of course made all the difference in the world.
I have not failed. I just found 10,000 ways that don’t work. – Thomas Edison
Your Game Plan
You have to be honest with yourself – it doesn’t matter if somebody has more genetic prowess than you have. Have the mindset of they will not outwork you, they may be born with more talent than you, but they will never work harder or longer than you. You have to promise yourself that.
This is the mindset you need to have – accomplish your goals and make more bigger and more empowering goals until you reach them as well. Don’t waste time like most people, trek through the withering path, the “grind” as we call it, because it is not the goal that make us who we are, but the process.
I feel as if everyone wants to be a beast or a success in their life until they have to do what a beast or a successful person has to do.
Isn’t that the paradox? Be different. Do not give excuses, nobody cares if you fail – most people want you to, that is the truth. Nobody wants to see whom he or she grew up with more successful than him or her, unless they are matured mentally, and that is rare in the modern world.
I want you to challenge yourself with some empowering questions. What would you be like today if you never gave up? Whether that is a business, a sport, a book, it doesn’t matter. How would your life be different?
Don’t let that happen anymore. Too many people say that they are “too old” or “too young” to do this or to do that. But the reality is age doesn’t matter in the slightest bit. You may be 70 years old and if you are unhappy, you have the God-given right to do something about it. The man who made Kentucky Fried Chicken started at 65 years old and grew it into an international restaurant chain. No excuses.
People who are unhappy are those that float through life – make a goal and persistent towards it! For those of you that feel too young, just remember a boy on the farm starts work young and he became a man when he knows all the operations and how to handle situations. He could be 12 or 13, but he was considered a man. Age doesn’t matter – your mindset does. How you think about yourself matters – believe you are someone who captures their goals and you will.
If you wake up before dawn everyday and work 360 days a year, you will make your family rich. – Chinese proverb
Challenge yourself. Challenge your life. Make goals. Be persistent – and you will succeed.