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Thursday, September 11, 2008
Perseverance…when you have nothing more to loose, just continue….
Perseverance is one of the top rated qualities of a winner. Winning is always a struggle, the toughest part of it being to persist when things are not happening as per your wish. The higher your struggle, the higher is your sense of victory. If we closely analyze the lives of successful people, we find that at some point of time, every one of them have gone through real tough times. Most people begin well, perform satisfactorily but quit when they are stuck. What they don't realize is that they may be stopping just three feet from gold.
Winners never quit and quitters never win, very true isn't it? Average folks think "I have lost everything, I don't want to loose any more; so I am quitting" but winners think "I have lost everything, now I have nothing more to loose; so why not continue". Success becomes worthwhile when measured by the obstacles you have overcome to achieve it. So next time you face an obstacle, rest assure that something big is on its way.
Let's analyze why people find it hard to persist. It may be because
1. They haven't had the taste of success yet.
2. They are criticized by their friends or family.
3. They're exhausting their resources without getting anything in return.
4. They get the feeling that the entire world is against their idea.
It is human nature to persist doing something only when we get substantial results for the pain we take. For this very reason, we need to come to a consensus with ourselves that what we are persisting is worth continuing. Many corporate giants like 3M, IBM, Ford, AMEX and Wal-Mart have gone through their share of bad times. Billionaires like Ford, Trump have nearly gone bankrupt. But none of them gave up. They all persisted and bounced back, to reach pinnacles of success and glory. The lesson that we need to learn from these heroes is that "Tough times never last, but tough people do".
The road to success is never smooth. When you are chasing your dreams, be prepared for the obstacles that come in your way. Don't be foolish enough to give up. Giving up is cowardice, but to make things happen when all odds are against you is the real test of your mettle. A brilliant example of persistence can be found in the book "Tough times never last, but tough people do" by Dr. Robert Schuller. Schuller's daughter is a wonderful baseball player but unfortunately she loses her leg in a bike accident. She does not give up her passion for the game; but instead enrolls herself in the college team. When asked, how she's going to make it, her reply was "Dad, I have figured out what to do. If we hit a home run, then there is no need to run". She had the attitude; and Schuller recalls her hitting some home runs. Success is a guarantee for those who put selfless efforts consistently.
There are enough and more negative things happening to us on a daily basis. It is easy to give up, but really, really hard to persist. When problems glare at you, don't get disheartened, but remember the saying "Everything that happens, happens for good".