Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Ryan McChesney Tampa, Florida, United States

Posted: 2017-03-08

Chapter 9

Persistence

 

Hill writes, “Henry Ford has been generally misunderstood to be ruthless and coldblooded. This misconception grew out of Ford’s habit of following through in all of his plans with PERSISTENCE.”

 

When you ask most people their definition of being persistent, they would tell you that being persistent is being pushy. I disagree with that definition most people have. I believe that being persistent is knowing and believing in yourself and that you have something of value and that can help someone. Let me explain.

 

When I was in high school, I started to prepare a video of my highlights from baseball. I had a list of colleges I was going to send my video to, and one of them was the University of Tampa. I knew my talents and believed that I could play at any level. Was I being pushy by sending these colleges my video? No, I was sending these colleges my video because I knew I could bring for value to their team.

 

One day, I was attending a baseball camp at Florida Gulf Coast University, where a school called Florida Tech was in attendance. They saw me play, brought me in for a visit, and I received a full scholarship from them. The funny thing is that Florida Tech was in the same conference as University of Tampa. Every year, we would play Tampa 3 or 4 times, and every year, I would have my best games against them. Even though Tampa never replied back to my videos I sent them, I knew they missed their opportunity and saw the value I could have brought to their team. But like I always tell myself, everything happens for a reason, and I would never change my decision to go to Florida Tech.

 

Without persistence, one cannot go very far. Because success does not come by wishing, it comes through willing and being persistent.

 

Ryan McChesney

Tampa, Florida