Defining Perseverance

When people fail in their first initiative and rework the plan, they have perseverance. New business, new year, and no money with no income insight; if you reevaluate your efforts, you have this. If you are in doubt and everyone around you tells you to give up, but you do not listen; you have perseverance as well.

Perseverance is pushing through despite difficulty or delay. The quote below sums it up:

Most of the world’s essential things have been accomplished by people who had kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.

-Dale Carnegie

Without perseverance, there would be no success.

I have known many people who try to achieve goals and fail in their first attempt but keep on trying until they succeed. A good friend of mine is a perfect example. He started a new business and was determined to create a new form of ice cream. He opened a storefront and did not generate enough business to keep it open. Several years later, he is a multi-millionaire with other companies branching out from his first business success. He has perseverance!

Here are three examples of perseverance:

  1. Daily evaluation of initiatives: Are they successful? If not, change the pattern for better success.
  2. Avoiding negative people. When trying to initiate a new process, people can give you feedback that encourages self-doubt. If you have done your research, move forward, and avoid negativity.
  3. Frequent reading and learning to enhance skill set: Read books, attend seminars, add to your skills; I believe the better I become at coaching and advising, the more people will recognize the benefit of utilizing my skills. This applies to anyone. Keep learning and growing in the process.

Take-Home

There are many examples of perseverance in our life. I am sure you know someone who is persistent despite the pitfalls or has failed in their first attempt and kept on until they succeeded.

If you plan on being successful, learn from your mistakes, and do not give up! Perseverance is 80% of what is needed to succeed. Knowledge is the other 20% to apply in your initiatives. When we fail in one attempt, we are that much closer to achieving as long as we do not give up!

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