Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Nick Harper Tyler , TX, USA

Posted: 2019-07-09

Chapter 9 Persistence

PERSISTENCE: THE SUSTAINED EFFORT NECESSARY TO INDUCE FAITH

The Eighth Step toward Riches

PERSISTENCE is an essential factor in the procedure of transmuting DESIRE into its monetary equivalent. The basis of persistence is the POWER OF WILL.

Will-power and desire, when properly combined, make an irresistible pair. Men who accumulate great fortunes are generally known as cold-blooded, and sometimes ruthless. Often they are misunderstood. What they have is willpower, which they mix with persistence, and place back of their desires to insure the attainment of their objectives.

 

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.

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.

 

The ease with which lack of persistence may be conquered will depend entirely upon the INTENSITY OF ONE’S DESIRE.

The starting point of all achievement is DESIRE. Keep this constantly in mind. Weak desires bring weak results, just as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat. If you find yourself lacking in persistence, this weakness may be remedied by building a stronger fire under your desires.

 

Poor build, Skinny, Lacks great physical stature and strength, Lacks mobility and ability to avoid the rush, Lacks a really strong arm, Can’t drive the ball downfield, Does not throw a really tight spiral, System-type player who can get exposed if forced to ad lib, Gets knocked down easily…He ran a ridiculously slow 5.28 40-yard dash and only managed a 24.5'' vertical leap.  He was pick number 199 in the sixth round.  One of his former teammates said to him…"You can prove em right or you can prove em wrong!

 

There are no shortcuts when it comes to success -- you've got to put in the work. As Brady once said, "I just love working hard. I love being part of a team; I love working toward a common goal."

There are a lot of guys who are all talk. They say they want to work harder and be the best, but they never pay the price. – Tom Brady

 

This weekend my good friend Rick Burnett was passing through and decided to spend the night…we had several conversations about business and persistence.  We also had a few conversations about football and I was thinking that Tom Brady is an excellent example of persistence, he just out worked everyone and never gave up on himself.  One of my favorite quotes from Tom…If you don’t believe in yourself, why would anyone else believe in you? 

 

Rick and I both decided that it’s time to take responsibility for our business, be persistent taking some kind of action each and everyday, and most of all hold each other accountable.  Rick stated that the only difference between us and the leaders in our company is that they’re persistently taking action each day…He’s right!!!

 

Too often in life, something happens, and we blame other people for us not being happy or satisfied or fulfilled. So, the point is, we all have choices, and we make the choice to accept people or situations or to not accept situations. – Tom Brady

 

Tom Brady is probably the best quarterback of all time, but few scouts foresaw greatness in his future at the 2000 NFL combine.      

 

Every since the Saturday night call I’ve been hearing Bob Shoaf’s voice explaining what it mean’s to be coachable.  He spoke about the accountability report, he said it’s easy to do and it’s easy not to do…but if you’re not doing it you’re NOT COACHABLE!!! 

 

After that call I asked myself am I doing everything that I can to be coachable?  No I am not…I must become totally coachable!!!   I’m responsible for MY SUCCESS!!!  One play at a time and persistence, consistency and discipline gets the goal.

 

Nick Harper

 

P.S.

The true competitors, though, are the ones who always play to win. – Tom Brady