This chapter opens with these words “PERSISTENCE is an essential factor in the procedure of transmuting DESIRE into its monetary equivalent. The basis of persistence is the POWER OF WILL.”
I believe most of us were born with an inbuilt high level of persistence, which parent among us has never given in and bought that ice cream or the latest gadget for the child who simply refused to hear “No”?
Sadly, especially in those early formative years, in many cases any display of that inbuilt strength is frowned upon, even punished by parents, teachers or other authority figures determined to impose their reality onto others.
Equally often, those who continue to show signs of not conforming are labelled as “strong willed”, “difficult”, “stubborn” or even “uncontrollable”, all bad things in the eyes of many in society, grow up to never again raise their head above the parapet of anonymity, living their lives with plenty of desire for change but not enough will- power to bring about those changes – how sad. Yet, how inspiring when we read and hear about headline making big business owners, scientists, innovators, explorers, and political leaders, many of whom in their early and developing years were themselves branded with such demoralising tags but overcame them in later years.
A huge step in reversing the damage caused by any such ‘conditioning’ is to join and follow the underlying principle of the Mentoring for Free programme, to “learn how to think, not what to think”. It is truly inspiring to hear how many times the words “I didn’t think I could do it, but now I realise I can”, or similar are spoken on the live calls, often very soon after making the decision to get involved and learn from an amazing team of senior mentors and speakers.
To encourage those willing to start the journey, Hill writes “The majority of people are ready to throw their aims and purposes overboard, and give up at the first sign of opposition or misfortune. A few carry on DESPITE all opposition, until they attain their goal.
These few are the Fords, Carnegies, Rockefellers, and Edisons” we all now admire, possibly even more so now that we realize just how much persistence each needed to overcome their own challenges.