Rick Burnett Spanish Fort, Alabama, USA
Just how important is persistence? Very important according to Mr. Hill. In fact he said that the lack of it is is one of the major causes of failure and he also says that the quality of persistence is to the character of man what carbon is to steel. He says “without persistence, you will be defeated, even before you start. With persistence you will win”
There are four simple steps which lead to the habit of PERSISTENCE. They call for no great amount of intelligence, no particular amount of education, and but little time or effort. The necessary steps are:—
1. A DEFINITE PURPOSE BACKED BY BURNING DESIRE FOR ITS FULFILLMENT.
2. A DEFINITE PLAN, EXPRESSED IN CONTINUOUS ACTION.
3. A MIND CLOSED TIGHTLY AGAINST ALL NEGATIVE AND DISCOURAGING INFLUENCES, including negative suggestions of relatives, friends and acquaintances.
4. A FRIENDLY ALLIANCE WITH ONE OR MORE PERSONS WHO WILL ENCOURAGE ONE TO FOLLOW THROUGH WITH BOTH PLAN AND PURPOSE.
These four steps are essential for success in all walks of life.
In my mind persistence is simply not quitting when the going gets tough as so many do in life. Quitting is so easy, persistence is sometimes not but the reward is so worth it!
I went to a company event in Pensacola Thursday night and saw one young person after another give testimony as to how they arrived at very high positions in the company. And it was the same thing with every one of them. They had a need, a strong desire, and the persistence to stay with it until they got there.
Hill says that “some men who have accumulated great fortunes, did so because of NECESSITY. They developed the habit of PERSISTENCE, because they were so closely driven by circumstances, that they had to become persistent.” I was humored because he says men but I know that that's because of the time he lived in.
Every one of those people that I mentioned before were women. Not a single one was a man and I heard story after story of that necessity. Not being able to be with their children as they were growing up, having to pass the baby to the other parent when it was time for their work shift sometimes not even getting to spend any time with it that day!
A nurse talking about spending more time with others babies at the hospital than their own. High credit card debts up to hundreds of thousands of dollars and on and on. That's why I love these events because of the inspiration that I receive.