Think & Grow Rich Lessons
John Wiser Smyrna, TN, United States

Posted: 2017-03-06

Chapter 9: Persistence

This chapter comes at no better than time than today for me, personally. 

Intensity of Desire

"The ease with which lack of persistence may be conquered will depend entirely upon the intensity of one's desire."
This is as true today as it was when it was written all those years ago by Mr. Hill.
When we find ourselves hitting "speed bumps" in our efforts, they can often appear as enormous mountain ranges
that block our view of the final prize. That is why we must write down, and keep our "WHY" in front of us at all times
as we walk through the test of persistence that guages whether or now we can "take it." These times, early in the 
journey are the times that seperate the weak from the successful and when the desire is so strong that we have no
choice but to carry on, then we have what it takes and will pass the test.

It's a Marathon, not a Sprint

Mr. Hill goes on, later in the chapter, to say something that really hit home with me, and allowed me to give myself
permission to move without haste.
"Be persistent no matter how slowly you may at first have to move. With persistencewill come success." 
So powerful. As many of us are rushing to make our fortunes... we live in a microwave society that lacks patience.
How can we express patience with those in which we mentor, if we are not patient with our own growth? It's just
not possible. Oh, how many times I quit or gave up because my results were not instant or manifested without giving
anything in return. One thing I have learned about persistence is it has no memory of how badly you performed a task
the first, second, third, fourth, or how many times it takes to develop a solid skill. Persistence allows you to get better
each time as long as you keep moving toward your desire with definiteness of purpose.

"The hidden Guide lets no one enjoy great achievement without passing the persistence test."

While, personally... I know that the test I recently encountered was not the last, and was definitely not the first. I can say
that I now recognize this test. While each test has its own level of intensity, with each lesson, I grow and grow for the sake
of my purpose to help others that follow me.

I will leave you with this. Persistence, while it may have went unnoticed at the time, has allowed two great things to manifest in my life for the good.

1. My wife - Without persistence and growth, she and I would have never married. She saw amazing potential in me, and for
some time during the early days of our relationship... I chose to be a sideline player. I did not apply myself to do anything. I did
know that I loved this woman very much and she helped make me a better person. So through much change inside of myself and
ambition that continues to grow, I was able to marry the love of my life 11 years ago.

2. My son's survival - When my son was 8 months old, he developed a very bad croup. It went on for almost 10 days. We had taken
him to the Doctor twice in this span, and they sent us home both times stating that he would push through it. Around the 12th day, 3 days
before Thanksgiving, 2009; he began fighting to breath to the point where his stomach was sucking into his back. A very good friend of ours
is a lifeflight nurse, and she had described this condition as Strider. It was so hard to watch. Our friend urged us to take him to the ER immediately.
We rushed to Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville, TN where, after some x-rays, and my son getting so upset that he worked himself 
into an even more dangerous state; he was placed in the NICU where he would fight for his life.
After a few hours, his condition did not ease and we could tell by looking at the nurses' faces that they did not expect him to live. Right then, my
wife and I had a choice. We could either believe the same and give up, or we could believe that he would fight and live to be even stronger.
The first night was the longest. I prayed, and I prayed. I wept and asked to trade places with him. I never once, however, believed anything other
than he would be going home with us. No matter how upset we were, we all believed that he would make it and make it like a champ.
2 Days in NICU, the nurses that were there the first night came and were amazed. We were exhausted, and we never left his side.
Persistence from my wife and our family. Persistence from our baby boy. Persistence in prayer and unwaivering faith. All working together, is
what saved my son's life. None of us ever gave up, despite the odds. He is about to turn 8 this coming Sunday and not a day goes by
that I don't give thanks that he is here with me.

Thank you all. I hope this lesson has spoke to you as clearly as it has spoken to me.