Edward Swift Amarillo, TX, USA
Chapter 9 Persistence
PERSISTENCE: THE SUSTAINED EFFORT NECESSARY TO INDUCE FAITH
The Eighth Step toward Riches
The key to accumulating great wealth is to be persistent, often to the point of appearing to be cold blooded to others. But beneath this veneer is sheer will power, a made up mind to follow through with the intended plans no matter the obstacles one faces in achieving them.
Too often, most people are ready to quit at the first sign of defeat or opposition. If Thomas Edison had taken this approach we could very well be sitting in the dark or at the least still be reading books with oil lamps. But Edison's sheer determination to get it right no matter how many times it took or even how long it took, shows that persistence does indeed pay off.
Another great example of this persistence is Henry Ford and his burning desire to create an automobile with a single block engine. And although this task was not easy to accomplish he insisted that his team of engineers find a solution this problem and so eventually they did. This task was not achieved overnight, but with steady and consistent effort.
If we desire to join the ranks with the Fords, Carnegies, Rockefellers, and Edisons we must find a way to persist within ourselves and by drawing on the inspiration of the master mind group to keep on trying until we reach out desired goal(s)!
This persistence acts like a hardening agent much like carbon does to steel. It is absolutely essential in the building of a fortune and generally, involves the application of the entire thirteen factors of this philosophy. The principles must be understood, and applied with persistence if we are to accumulate money.
To quote the author...
"The author is checking you up at this point, because lack of persistence is one of the major causes of failure. Moreover, experience with thousands of people has proved that lack of persistence is a weakness common to the majority of men. It is a weakness which may be overcome by effort."