If you’ve studied success and personal growth very much, then you’ve probably stumbled across a trend.
EVERYONE who’s successful talks about persistence.
Here are just a few quotes…
"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." - Calvin Coolidge
"Energy and persistence conquer all things." - Benjamin Franklin
"As long as we are persistent in our pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow. We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom. It happens in its own time." - Denis Waitley
"Success is almost totally dependent upon drive and persistence. The extra energy required to make another effort or try another approach is the secret of winning." - Denis Waitley
Personally, I like the way Napoleon Hill put it in his landmark best-seller, Think & Grow Rich:
"Patience, persistence, and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success."
In fact, Napoleon Hill tells a captivating story about a man named R.U. Darby and his uncle who decided to invest in a gold mine. They put in a lot of hard work and eventually discovered a vein of gold ore. However, after digging deeper, the gold seemed to vanish. Despite their efforts to locate the vein again, they eventually lost hope and sold their mining equipment to a junk man.
The junk man, seeking advice from an expert, learned that the gold vein was a mere three feet away from where Darby and his uncle had stopped digging. By continuing to dig just a bit further, the junk man struck gold and became a millionaire!
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This story teaches us a crucial lesson: never give up on your dreams, even (especially) when the going gets tough.
Easier said than done, I know. 🙂
So here are some tips!
Keep Your Eyes on the Prize 🎯
Stay focused on your goals, and don't let setbacks deter you. As Hill said, "A goal is a dream with a deadline." Use that deadline to fuel your motivation and drive.
Develop a Strong Desire 🔥
Cultivate a burning desire for your goals. Remember, Hill emphasized, "Desire is the starting point of all achievement." When you want something badly enough, you'll find the strength to persist.
Surround Yourself with Supportive People 👥
Create a circle of like-minded individuals who share your vision and can provide encouragement. As we've discussed before, a mastermind group can be a powerful tool for fostering persistence. Form your own tight-knit mastermind group!
Learn from Every Failure 📚
Embrace failure as an opportunity to learn and grow. Hill said, "Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit." Use these lessons to fuel your persistence.
Take Consistent Action 🏃♂️
Persistently take action towards your goals, even if it's just a small step. Remember, "The path to success is to take massive, determined action," as Hill would say.
Persistence is absolutely critical for success.
By developing unwavering persistence, you'll be able to overcome obstacles and keep pushing forward, no matter what challenges life throws your way.
You never know when you’re just three feet from gold… so keep digging!
- Russell Brunson