Ryan McChesney Tampa, Florida, United States
In my opinion, this chapter describes the most important characteristic a person can have - persistence. There's an old saying that “Winners never quit, and quitters never win.” I can end this lesson with that saying right there because of how powerful that is. But where's the fun in that without a story?
While growing up and playing baseball for majority of my 26 year young life, there's a name that we give to certain players for a reason. We call these players “pests” or “scrappy” ball players because they are some of the toughest outs to get in baseball. Honestly, as a catcher and calling the pitches during the game, these players were the most frustrating. They would tire the pitcher out, both mentally and physically. They would make defensive plays that would make it on the Top 10 Plays on ESPN.
However, these players are the most enjoyable to watch or play with. Why? Because they had a persistent mindset. They weren't going down easily because they were going to give it all they have. And that's the mindset that we have to have here. Michael talks about how it all begins with the mindset, and I absolutely agree. When you make a declaration to yourself that you're going to keep doing this, practicing on the right things, and never going to give up, then you will have this energy that nothing will stop you.
So what declaration are you going to make today?
PS, The most flattering compliment someone can tell you is that you're persistent.