Welcome to the next post in our blog series about the fundamentals of success.
In our first post, we addressed the importance of dependability, character, and integrity. In our second post, we examined the integral role of hard work and a tremendous amount of effort.
In this blog post, we’re going to tackle the third fundamental for success, which is persistence and perseverance. And while all of the fundamentals in this series are important, which is why we’ve included them, this one may be the most important one.
The reason for this is simple: you can’t fully execute all of the other fundamentals without persistence and perseverance. Simply put, you must be persistent in your efforts to execute these fundamentals in order to reach the level of success that you’re seeking.
In other words, you help to ensure your success immeasurably by never giving up.
This entails looking at failure in possibly a whole new light. In this particular light, failure is not failure; it’s simply another attempt on the road to success. Here are two quotes from inventor Thomas Edison that illustrate this viewpoint:
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
Another important aspect of persistence is that it’s a form of value that is in short supply in the marketplace. During the past several years, it’s been cited by hiring managers and other hiring officials as the trait or characteristic that many job candidates, not to mention employees, have been lacking.
Resiliency is also one of the most effective tools when it comes to overcoming adversity, and you’d better believe that you’ll have to overcome adversity in order to be successful and reach your full potential within the professional setting. Adversity in life is inevitable. How you deal with that adversity makes all the difference in the world.
And considering what is happening in this country and around the world in terms of the COVID-19 pandemic alone, persistence and perseverance are no longer considered luxuries. They should be considered necessities during these uncertain times.
In fact, it could be said that persistence and perseverance are more in need now than they have been during the past several years, at least since the end of The Great Recession.
Despite what obstacles and corresponding adversity you encounter in the future, whether it be in the near term or in the long run, you will need to practice the fundamental of persistence. And chances are increasingly good that you will need to practice it on a consistent and even ongoing basis.
However, that just illustrates the fact that success is not a finished product. It is a continual process in which a person participates during the course of their entire life.
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