Sharon Valentine Houston, Texas, United States
Chapter 9 – Persistence
The summer Olympics are being played in Brazil by athletes who are persistent and dedicated to their sport. Their parents are dedicated, chauffeuring their children to practice in the wee hours of the morning, spending countless weekends at out of state tournaments, paying for coaches and equipment, encouraging their children when life gets tough. Children work on perfecting their skills while going to school, doing homework, and maybe finding time to spend with friends. Making the Olympic team was their burning desire. The passion drove them to do things that most children and parents won’t do. Every Olympian dedicates years of their lives to their sport to make the team and to get a shot at a coveted medal.
In the network marketing profession, what kind of business would I build if I practiced the same level of persistence as Olympians and their parents? My goal is to build a network marketing business in my spare time. How much “spare time” do I really have? What activities am I willing to give up for a few years to dedicate myself to my goal? I seem to be “busy” with life, yet I can find more time to work on my business every day – even if only 1 hour a day. That hour can build my momentum – to strengthen my persistence. I imagine what kind of impact that hour will make in growing my business.
Napoleon Hill offers advice for those of us who have weak persistence. “You may find it necessary to “snap” out of your mental inertia, … moving slowly at first, then increasing your speed, until you gain complete control over your will. Be PERSISTENT no matter how slowly you may, at first, have to move.” Just as the Olympic athletes build muscle strength and skills in their sport by daily practice, building a business as a network marketing professional happens through daily activities. Just keep moving.