Sunday, August 2, 2009

Persist!


Are you at an impasse with an idea, invention or personal growth objective or achievement goal?
There are great rewards in store for those who "will not be denied". The man in this picture, Thomas Edison, invented the incandescent light. It took him nearly a thousand experiments to find what would work. He kept on going through the discouragement and failures, because he believed the goal was attainable, had merit, and would make greatly benefit himself as well as others: His detractors only fueled his fire and resolve. With acquisitions, goals and achievements, persistence pays big rewards. I know a man and wife who came to town with next to nothing, and in three years built a window cleaning business that was the most sought after in the community! Sam Walton's success is now legend, all built from a simple general store in Arkansas.
If you are in the unfortunate and untenable position of endeavoring to win the approval or unwavering loyalty of an individual or group, that's more an art form than an exact science or prescribed formula. There's a great deal of truth in the adage "birds of a feather flock together." Too many become infatuated with someone they think is their be-all-and-end-all when they're just passing each other, headed in different directions. Other people decide for themselves that which they approve. You can influence this process to certain degrees, but you cannot make it for them. In many cases, the best you can hope for is a "team spirit" or working relationship. There's even an example in the Bible, woven through the Book of Acts where Paul the apostle, a very influential leader of the church, lost his liberty reaching back for his old buddies in Israel.
According to your specific goal, you'll want those with the right stuff on your side to make it happen. Believe the best will result from your interactions: If you lead, they will follow. Despite the good-intentioned claims of success/motivation "experts" and "professional" sales hacks, there is no magic wand or love potion you can employ to guarantee the masses will fall at your feet. Be the friend you want them to be. Keep your commitments. Present your case with winning words as you have opportunity, and if you do not receive a favorable response "shake off the dust of your feet" - Go shopping for another, better candidate, customer or client. Good news: The Earth is full of them, with more born every day!
That's putting persistence to its best use.

1 comment:

Master Doh-San said...

If you lead, they will follow.

Even if "they" don't follow, lead anyway.

"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination are omnipotent."
-- Calvin Coolidge