What is Persistence?

1. the quality of persisting; tenacity
2. the act of persisting; continued effort or existence
3. the continuance of an effect after the cause of it has stopped: persistence of vision

When it comes to persistence, I almost always think right away of Wolverine. His example, of persistence and tenacity are legend in the Marvel Comic Universe. When he goes after someone or some task, he never gives up. Ever! We could look back through history and find several examples of people that have been persistent. The first person that comes to mind is Thomas Edison, he racked up thousands of failures on his quest of discoveries. He is credited with thousands of inventions too, these inventions have changed the world. Then there are many others that fall into this category Steve Jobs, Amelia Earhart, Mark Zuckerberg; man and women of vision! Those who are out to “ding the universe”!

The reason that this word is essential, is because it is what every entrepreneur must have or develop. This characteristic serves us well because it provides power in the dark and frustrating days or nights. When we feel like there is no end to the misery or failure we face. In my own pursuits, I have learned to develop persistence. The funny thing about it, is that one must also develop patience and the ability to pivot as obstacles arise. The key is to capture and envision your goals, play then in your mind like a movie. Once you have that goal created and visualized, you can recall it, look at it, and play it back in your mind. It’s like looking at a 3D Model of the goal. There is something that happens within us when we capture our goals in this way.

The Jewish model of prophecy is very interesting because it is all expressed in past tense. Yes, Past Tense! As if it has already happened. It is amazing to me that they are framed this way. All through the Old Testament, this model can be seen. This is what we are after to help us develop persistence. I know that each of us can develop this ability and characteristic; we can empower ourselves by creating our goals in our minds and focusing on them.

iron wil

Values and Ethics

A week ago I posted about Mission Statements. I felt that I needed to follow up with my personal values and ethics. “A bearing is useless without a rudder!” Here are my values and ethics:

Integrity, Patience, Honesty, Truth, Faith, Purity, Brotherly Kindness, Humility, Charity, Diligence, Knowledge, Temperance; and also things Virtuous, Lovely, and of Good Report. – Philippians 4:8, Doctrine and Covenants 4:6, and Articles of Faith # 13

Again, as a christian my life should be based on christian values and principles. I try to live my life based on these because they are core christian values and I have seen the good in my own life. My life isn’t perfect and I have my trials, however, I have felt and enjoyed the peace of Christ. I know that I am guided by a higher power and can be strengthened despite my weaknesses. Like I said, “A bearing is useless without a rudder”.

iron wil

In case you are wondering how I define the above values, here are some references.

  1. Integrity: Unknown, Integrity; Integrity, Part 1; and Integrity, Part 2
  2. Patience: n.
    1. the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain without complaint, loss of temper, or anger.
    2. an ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay.
    3. quiet, steady perseverance; even-tempered care; diligence. [1175–1225; Middle English pacience < Old French < Latin patientia. See patient, -ence]
  3. Honesty: n., pl. -ties.
    1. uprightness; integrity; trustworthiness.
    2. truthfulness, sincerity, or frankness.
    3. freedom from deceit or fraud. [1300–50; Middle English honeste < Middle French < Latin honestās, irreg. derivative of honestus. See honest, -ty2]
  4. Truth: n
    1. the quality of being true, genuine, actual, or factual: the truth of his statement was attested.
    2. something that is true as opposed to false: you did not tell me the truth.
    3. a proven or verified principle or statement; fact: the truths of astronomy.
    4. (usually plural) a system of concepts purporting to represent some aspect of the world: the truths of ancient religions.
    5. fidelity to a required standard or law
    6. faithful reproduction or portrayal: the truth of a portrait.
    7. an obvious fact; truism; platitude
    8. honesty, reliability, or veracity: the truth of her nature.
    9. accuracy, as in the setting, adjustment, or position of something, such as a mechanical instrument
    10. the state or quality of being faithful; allegiance [Old English triewth; related to Old High German gitriuwida fidelity, Old Norse tryggr true]
  5. Faith: n.
    1. confidence or trust in a person or thing.
    2. belief that is not based on proof.
    3. belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion.
    4. belief in anything, as a code of ethics or standards of merit.
    5. a system of religious belief: the Jewish faith.
    6. the obligation of loyalty or fidelity to a person, promise, engagement, etc.
    7. the observance of this obligation; fidelity to one’s promise, oath, allegiance, etc. [1200–50; Middle English feith < Anglo-French fed, Old French feid, feit < Latin fidem, acc. of fidēs trust, akin to fīdere to trust]
  6. Purity: n.
    1. the condition or quality of being pure; freedom from anything that contaminates, pollutes, etc.
    2. freedom from any admixture or modifying addition.
    3. cleanness.
    4. freedom from guilt or evil; innocence.
  7. Brotherly Kindness: As Moral Ideal: In the Revised Version (British and American), “love of the brethren” in all places, and so in the King James Version of 1 Peter 1:22, thus defining the disposition as love, and its objects as brethren. Since God is Father and men are His sons, they are therefore brethren of one another. As sonship is the most essential factor in man’s right relation to God, so is brotherhood in his relation to his fellow-man. Note: There are several paragraphs covering this topic at the above link.
  8. Humility: n.
    the quality or state of being humble; modest opinion of one’s own importance or rank; meekness. [1275–1325; Middle English humilite < Latin humilitās; see humble, -ty2]
  9. Charity: n., pl. -ties.
    1. donations or generous actions to aid the poor, ill, or helpless.
    2. a charitable act or work.
    3. a charitable fund, foundation, or institution.
    4. benevolent feeling, esp. toward those in need: to do something out of charity.
    5. leniency in judging others; forbearance.
    6. alms.
    7. Christian love; agape. [1125–75; Middle English charite < Old French < Latin cāritās=cār(us) dear + -itās -ity]
  10. Diligence: n.
    1. constant and earnest effort to accomplish what is undertaken.
    2. the degree of care and caution expected of a person. [1300–50; Middle English deligence (< Anglo-French) < Latin]
  11. Knowledge: n.
    1. acquaintance with facts, truths, or principles.
    2. familiarity or conversance, as by study or experience: a knowlege of human nature.
    3. the fact or state of knowing; clear and certain mental apprehension.
    4. awareness, as of a fact or circumstance.
    5. something that is or may be known; information.
    6. the body of truths or facts accumulated in the course of time.
    7. the sum of what is known: Knowledge of the situation is limited.
    8. Archaic. sexual intercourse. [1250–1300; Middle English knouleche=know(en) to know + -leche, perhaps akin to Old English -lāc suffix denoting action or practice, compare wedlock]
  12. Temperance: n.
    1. moderation or self-restraint; self-control.
    2. habitual moderation in any indulgence, appetite, etc.
  13. Virtuous: adj.
    1. conforming to moral and ethical principles; morally excellent; upright.
    2. chaste: a virtuous young person. [1300–50; vertuous < Anglo-French < Late Latin virtuōsus= Latin virtu(s) virtue + -ōsus -ous]
  14. Lovely: adj.
    1. Beautiful especially in a pleasing or charming way. See Synonyms at beautiful.
    2. Enjoyable; delightful: had a lovely weekend in the country.
    3. Archaic Inspiring love or affection.

Kung Fu … You

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My wife and I took some of our boys to see Kung Fu Panda 3 this weekend. We all enjoyed it and had a great time together. A clear theme of the movie was to know yourself and become the best version of yourself. As the film opens, we learn that our hero is to become a teacher and Master Shifu tells him that he must learn how to teach others. Of course, Po is freaked out and makes a mess of his first teaching attempt. He doesn’t know how to teach Kung Fu to others.

Through the course of the film we are introduced to the villain and the stage is set for Po to succeed or fail. As the climax approaches, we see that Po understands Master Shifu’s council to “become the best you”. He, of course, figures out with the help of his friends how to defeat the villain and win the day.

I realized as the credits rolled that each of the films had the same theme … to become the best version of yourself. In the first film, Po needed to learn Kung Fu so that he could defeat Tai Lung. In the second film, Po needs to learn an advanced martial art skill and gain inner peace. In the third film, Po must learn another advanced martial art skill and understand himself on a deeper level. In each film, Po must improve himself so that he can overcome the challenge placed before him.

This is exactly what happens in life, we either learn and grow so that we can over come the challenges or we shrink and become stuck behind a stone. If we grow the stone gets stepped on and we rise above the version of our self we had been. Around the age of 12 my mother gave me probably and unarguably the best gift she has even given me after life … the knowledge that I can change and become a better person. That through work, study, effort, and patience; I could make adjustments to my personality and character! I could and I have! By no means can I say that I am perfect or that I am some paragon of manhood, fatherhood, or humanity. I am a mere mortal and imperfect to boot! I am a devout follower of Christ and pray that I can be worthy of His kingdom and glory.

iron wil

Franklin, Patience

He that can have patience, can have what he will.” – Benjamin Franklin

I have learned in my life that if I exercise patience I can not only achieve my goals, but I can also move others to my position … given enough time. Patience is one of those words that some get upset about.

I remember as a teenager having a really hard time being patient. If I was tired, little things would set me off. I realized that I needed to work on this and so I started. I also remember that before I got married, I thought I was doing really well with patience. Then we had kids. That showed me that I was just beginning my study in patience. I am getting better; however, at this point I realize that this will be a life long study.

Self-improvement, as I have learned, is long game. Anything worth having is worth working to obtain and the time it takes should not deter us in our pursuit for success.

iron wil