Persistence is key to success. You must take massive action on a consistent, persistent basis1 in order to succeed. Expect roadblocks and learn from your failures. Reject rejection and change your approach. Embrace life’s lessons and be among people. Every winner has scars – it’s those scars that make them stronger and pave the way to success.
The Importance of Persistence
One of the keys to being successful in anything you do is persistence. Once you have determined exactly what it is you want to accomplish, you must take massive action on a consistent, persistent basis in order to succeed. Just like building a muscle, if you have never weight trained before, you won’t be able to bench press 250 lbs the first time you walk into a gym. However, with persistence and consistency, you’ll find yourself getting stronger and closer to your goal with each visit.
On your journey towards your goal, expect to encounter roadblocks. These obstacles seem to jump out of nowhere in an attempt to halt your progress. However, count on these obstacles – they are a part of life. Everyone would have every success they ever wanted if there were no obstacles. Your job is to be persistent and work through those obstacles.
If you find little or no obstacles along the way, chances are you are not really challenging yourself. And when you do reach your goal, you won’t experience the feeling of ‘sweet success’. Make your goal a challenging one!
Learning from Failures
The vast majority of successful people have had more failures than successes. This is because successful people are persistent; the more they stumble and fall, the more they get right back up and get going again. On the other hand, people that don’t get back up and try again never reach success.
For example, Walt Disney was turned down 302 times before he got financing for his dream of creating the “Happiest Place on Earth”. Today, due to his persistence, millions of people have shared ‘the joy of Disney’. Colonel Sanders spent two years driving across the United States looking for restaurants to buy his chicken recipe. He was turned down 1,009 times! How successful is Kentucky Fried Chicken today?
Acceptance and Rejection
How often do you feel rejected? We all hear the word “No” several times a day and have since we were little children. For many, each time you are rejected, a tiny piece of your self-esteem is stripped away from an increasingly suffering self-image. Why is that?
There are two key reasons why you may be feeling rejected. The first reason is because you are accepting what others are saying to you. You do not have to accept everything everyone says! When someone offers you a gift and you choose not to accept it, it still belongs to the giver. So, next time someone offers you a gift, such as a direct insult, choose not to accept their gift and it will still belong to them!
Changing Your Approach
The second reason you may feel rejected is that you believe that when a person says “No” to you, or rejects you in some way, they are actually rejecting you. But they are not. What they are rejecting is your idea or simply the way you presented your idea.
Rarely do people reject people. Even when another person thinks they are rejecting you, what they are really rejecting is one idea that you presented to them. And even then, it often isn’t the idea, but the presentation.
This is where the power of persistence comes in! In order to be successful in any endeavor, you must be persistent. “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!” Eventually, you will reach your goal and acceptance from those whom you are presenting to. The key is, to notice what isn’t working and change your approach. Keep changing your approach until you find the one that works.
Pick any person who you believe to be extremely successful in any area, and chances are, that same person has also had more failures and rejections in that area than most other people. Often the only difference is that the successful person was persistent and understood that each failure and rejection brought them closer to success.
Every Winner Has Scars: Embracing Life’s Lessons
Life is made up of a series of experiences, each one making you stronger, even though sometimes it may be hard to realize it. Life is your classroom in which you are being tested, tried, and passed. Always strive to stay in the midst of life and activity. Don’t isolate yourself from the action.
Be among people and things, among troubles, difficulties, and obstacles. Your character develops itself in the stream of life.
Life expects you to make progress in reasonable time. That’s why they make those grade school chairs so small. Learn quickly that the setbacks and grief’s you endure actually help you in your march forward to success. The world was built to develop your character.
To achieve success, be persistent, embrace rejection, and continually learn from your experiences. Try different approaches, and don’t give up after just one try. Be among people, face difficulties, and remember that every winner has scars – it’s those scars that make them stronger and pave the way to success.
Lessons Learned: Reflections on Persistence and Success
In the journey towards success, persistence is crucial. As the article emphasizes, consistency and massive action allow us to move closer to our goals. Facing roadblocks and learning from failures are normal parts of the process. These obstacles test our resilience and dedication, and overcoming them makes our achievements even more rewarding.
Embracing rejection is another valuable lesson. We often feel disheartened when our ideas or efforts are turned down, but it’s essential to recognize that rejection is rarely personal. People are usually rejecting the idea or the presentation of the idea, not the individual. Persistence involves refining our approach and trying again, learning from each experience to improve our chances of success.
Finally, the article reminds us of the importance of embracing life’s lessons and staying active in the midst of challenges. Our character develops as we face difficulties and obstacles, and every winner has their scars. These experiences make us stronger, allowing us to conquer new heights and achieve our goals. In short, persistence, embracing rejection, and learning from life’s challenges are key components to achieving success.