Sunday, April 10, 2005


“Perseverance is the single most important quality needed to succeed.” – John D. Rockefeller

No matter how positive an attitude you have, how hard you work and how good you are at what you do, there will be times when problems arise. In those times when it seems like Murphy’s Law is hitting you smack dab in the face, you need to have an abundance of perseverance.

Never quitting, never giving up, good old perseverance is a character trait that all successful people have. No matter what you consider a success, stick-to-it-iv-ness is essential to achieving your goals.

Thomas Edison was fond of saying that many people quit, give up, when success is right within their grasp. How sad and how true that statement really is. Too many individuals give up at the first sign of trouble.

Obstacles and problems are put in your path for you to learn from and grow in strength. If you quit then you set up in your mind a failure mentality that can drag you down for the rest of your life. A repeated pattern of giving up sets up neuron connections in your brain that will create a quitting response whenever setbacks arise.

This bad habit, like all habits can be broken. What one needs to do is anytime a set back, problem or obstacle arises, look for the benefit and the good that it can teach you. Resolve to never quit, to keep on going. Work your way around, through or under the obstacle. A repeated pattern of looking for the lessons and finding a solution to any problem creates a new set of neuron connections that will allow you to keep charging ahead until the goal is reached.

Perseverance is a key ingredient in the recipe of success. Make no mistake, problems will arise, obstacles will block your path. This is just a test to set you on the right way and see if you really want what you say you want.

If you hang in there and resist the urge to quit, success is practically assured. Remember the famous words of Winston Churchill, “never, never, never quit.”

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