“Persistence is what makes the impossible possible, the possible likely, and the likely definite.”-- Robert Half
To persist is to “continue firmly or obstinately in an opinion or a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.” Persistence is what is loosely referred to in the business world as “being stubborn.” That is the ability to hang-in there in spite of everything. No one ever succeeds in making money without the perseverance to stick to the job. Even in paid employment, the ability to stay on the job is what makes the difference between the managers and those managed. Persistence is a state of mind and can therefore be developed and cultivated. Lack of persistence is the major reason why many people drop-out of school, why many people can’t hold down a single job, why many businesses fail and why many people fail to make it in life thereby ending up poor and destitute. There is nothing in life that is easy. What you put in is in direct proportion to what you get out of life.
The story is being told worldwide how in 1914, Mr. Thomas Edison one of the greatest inventors the world has ever seen lost his laboratory to fire. He was about 67 years old then, an age when most men are in effective retirement. This was the time he lost his laboratory to fire. Edison watched his lifetime efforts go up in smoke. Sympathizers asked him what he was going to do about the disaster. He replied them, “There is great value in disaster. All our mistakes are burnt-up. Thank God we can start anew.” In spite of this disaster, three weeks later, he invented the phonograph. A prolific inventor, Mr. Edison went on to receive about 1093 patents and a considerable fortune in his lifetime. When experimenting with perfecting the storage battery, he failed 24,999 times before he got it right. His tenacity was unequaled in his days.
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