Mervyn Drury Casey, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Chapter 6 Persistence:
THE SUSTAINED EFFORT NECESSARY TO INDUCE FAITH
The Eighth Step toward Riches
“A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed hopeless failure may turn to glorious success”. Elbert Hubbard
This chapter I believe is the key to success and failure. The quote above really puts everything into perspective. I believe that persistence is an attitude of mind. It is the difference between success and failure.
Hill states: PERSISTENCE is an essential factor in the procedure of transmuting DESIRE into its monetary equivalent. The basis of persistence is the POWER OF WILL.
An athlete if he wishes to be world class knows that he cannot train one day and not the next; he must be consistent and persistent in how he goes about his training. His coach may notice that something is wrong in his action or technique which needs to be changed. There will be a period of time working on this change which will bring about a better performance.
I remember when I was rowing that co-ordination was not quite right; we were told feel the rhythm of the boat. We did not get it because we could see. The remedy was that we used the dark when we could not see and had to rely solely on the rhythm and feel of the boat. It was only the coach’s persistence in finding a way to teach us this valuable technique. We could have rowed that boat blindfolded.
Hill also states the following: “Will-power and desire, when properly combined, make an irresistible pair”. The above is an example of this. Hill further states that: “Men who accumulate great fortunes are generally known as cold-blooded, and sometimes ruthless”. Henry Ford was said to be such.
Anyone who has would worked in research knows the full meaning of persistence, when looking for a new invention or modification to something existing, the development of a new concept, more often than not meet with many failures and frustrations. Inventors and researchers have to have a mind set of failure leads to success. Edison in developing the incandescent light globe had more than 10,000 failures before success. His passionate desire lead to persistence and finally success.
People who lack persistence are generally doomed to poverty whilst those who have a will-power and persistent attitude go onto riches.