“Patience, persistence, and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.”
Napoleon Hill, America’s foremost success/motivation author
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I recently finished a chapter on Personal Mastery for a book titled Essential Wisdom: Personal Development and Soul Transformation, which will be published soon. As I researched my topic, I discovered how relevant Napoleon Hill’s statement is to virtually every journey of success.
When we combine these three qualities, they appear to have far more helpful impact than their additive effects. We say that 1+1+1=3, but perhaps 32 or 3 to the second power, might more accurately demonstrate their potential synergies.
Where would combining greater patience, persistence, and perspiration make the biggest difference in your personal and profession endeavors?
Many people are familiar with the story of Thomas Edison’s 10,000-plus unsuccessful attempts to create the light bulb. His philosophy on such a high volume of failures was that the world was simply saying ‘no’ to the most recent attempt. He is quoted as saying, “I never failed. I only found 10,000 ways in which it did not work.”
Undaunted, he persisted in his efforts, always seeing a better way and getting to a ‘yes’ that would eventually light the world.
Where in your own life are you receiving your share of No’s?
How often do the No’s stop you? How often do they spur you on in faith, knowing that the better Yes’s of life may simply be a bit further down the road?
Someone once said that hard work pays off in the future, but procrastination pays off now. This is a funny thought, and it may even be true on a limited basis. However, people who procrastinate and put things off for someday in the future often look back on their lives with regret.
When people are asked about their regrets in their lives, in their old age, they rarely regret the things they did and often regret the things that they did not do.
Rather than dreaming about the things you will do in the future, consider:
Traveling to wonderful places.
Starting a business or changing your career.
Learning a new language.
Saving for retirement now.
Engaging in a new hobby.
Start or revisit your bucket list and place an actual date next to each item on the list.
Try to check one of those items off this week, if possible.
I believe that most people create their own luck, through the work they do day in and day out. Today’s quote suggests that persistence is a key for us to guarantee greater success and achievement.
Unfortunately, persistence almost always looks like work, and the light at the end of the tunnel often appears faint.
In what areas of your life does your ‘why’ make you cry, or bring you close to tears? You can bet that you have discovered a domain of your life where both persistence and the resulting rewards of your commitments will be realized.
“In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins – not through strength, but through persistence.”
– Buddha, founder of Buddhism
In my early school years, most teachers would have described me as an average to good student with a bit of an attention problem. But in the eighth grade, and continuing through high school, I found a magic quality that I have used throughout my life. It’s been a key to my many successes.
I realized, through standardized testing such as the Iowa test and SATs, that I scored in the average to good range. Yet in the actual world of achievement, I could simply outwork others to achieve what I wanted.
Where can you apply the power of persistence to outwork others and achieve your goals?