Being Persistent

There seems to be a renewed wave of respect or recognition in some of the material I’ve read lately related to the value of determination, grit or being persistent.

When I read that initially I though “sure, I know” but then it occurred to me that it shouldn’t be brushed off.

Being the esssential qualities, the blocking and tackling, of achievement. Sometimes it’s easy (for me at least) to get caught up in some of the “techniques” of achievement, better, smarter approaches. But at the end of the day, is anything ever more proven than the simple, basic qualities of grit and persistence.

As Jim Rohn said, “there are no ‘new’ truths”. The idea that being persistent is essential to achieving one’s personal goals is certainly not new, and I found this reference by personal development giant Napoleon Hill to illustrate my point. Hope you enjoy it:

1. Start with a definite purpose backed by a burning desire for its fulfillment.

2. Have a definite plan, expressed in continuous action

3. Close your mind tightly against all negative and discouraging influences (including negative suggestions from relatives, friends, etc)

4. Form a friendly alliance with one or more people who will encourage you to follow through with both your plan and purpose.

No “new” truths. Thanks, Napoleon.

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