John Smith Gloucester, Gloucestershire, UK
That Persistence pays is a lesson learnt by most children by the age of 3. How many of us as parents can smile now when thinking back to times when our children simply refused to hear “No”, blithely continuing with their request until in most cases “No” moved to “All right then, but only this time”?
Mr Hill makes the very positive assertion that “WITH PERSISTENCE WILL COME SUCCESS”.
Another well-known quote is “it’s not how many times you fall down that counts, it’s how many times you get up that makes the difference”.
For many, me included, learning the lesson of persistence was not easy, especially when most of my decisions were made on the spur of the moment, often with very little thought or planning.
Only when reaching around thirty did I begin to properly understand not everything worked first time, that things could, and often did, go wrong – that was when my own ability to be persistent would be called into question. At about the same age I began to understand the importance of having people around me I could rely on to help me stay focussed. Although not calling those people such, they were my first real experience of a Mastermind Group.
Mr. Hill states “THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR PERSISTENCE! It cannot be supplanted by any other quality! Remember this, and it will hearten you, in the beginning, when the going may seem difficult and slow”.
In my case I found having a group around me who understood what I was trying to achieve helped ‘lend’ me persistence until I was able to own that skill for myself.
If you find yourself lacking a little in persistence, reading, posting and being involved with the weekly Think and Grow Rich lessons forum is a perfect way to use the examples of others while building on your own strengths.
John Smith - Gloucester UK