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


What is Courage?

cour·age  n.
The state or quality of mind or spirit that enables one to face danger, fear, or vicissitudes with self-possession, confidence, and resolution; bravery.
[Middle English corage, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *corticum, from Latin cor, heart; see kerd- in Indo-European roots.]

1. the power or quality of dealing with or facing danger, fear, pain, etc
2. the courage of one’s convictions the confidence to act in accordance with one’s beliefs
3. take one’s courage in both hands to nerve oneself to perform an action
4. mind; disposition; spirit
[C13: from Old French corage, from cuer heart, from Latin cor]

Joseph F. Smith was 19 when he returned from his mission in Hawaii. As he traveled from California to his home in Utah, he was confronted one morning by a “wagonload of profane drunks … , shooting their guns, yelling wildly, and cursing the Mormons.” One of the drunks, “waving a pistol,” came toward him. Although Joseph “was terrified, he felt it would be unwise and useless to run … , and so he advanced toward the gunman as if he found nothing out of the ordinary in his conduct. ‘Are you a — — — Mormon?’ the stranger demanded. Mustering all the composure he could, Joseph answered evenly while looking the man straight in the eye, ‘Yes, siree; dyed in the wool; true blue, through and through.’ Almost stunned by this wholly unexpected response, the gunman stopped, dropped his hands to his sides, and, after looking incredulously at Joseph for a moment, said in a subdued tone, ‘Well, you are the — — pleasantest man I ever met! Shake. I am glad to see a fellow stand for his convictions.’ So saying, he turned and walked away.” (Standing for Truth and Right; M. Russell Ballard, Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles; October 1997 General Conference)

What type of men have courage? Can one include men like Martin Luther King Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and Chris Kyle?

Martin Luther is celebrated because God put it in his heart to fight for equality.

Abraham Lincoln is celebrated because he stood in the face of war and worked to save the greatest nation on earth and in resolving the slavery issue which at th time of our founding those men could not conceive of a way to remove it from society.

Theodore Roosevelt is celebrated for bravery in battle on the field of war and in politics. He is also recognized for starting the national parks and is one of the early leaders in conservation (which includes hunting).

Chris Kyle is celebrated because he fought and died to protect the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness for every free blood American and only God knows the count of how many lives he saved while on the field of battle.

Courage comes when it is needed most. Courage comes from the rock of our convictions. If we have no convictions then we will never have courage.

iron wil

Aristotle, Excellence

We are what we do. Excellence, then is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle

As I opened up my blog this morning, I saw this quote on my list of quotes to use and it really jumped out at me. I picked this quote up somewhere along my way to self-discovery and improvement. It struck me because I learned as a teen that there is a big difference between quality and quantity.  I was about 16 or 17 years old and I bought my first “expensive” pair of shoes, they cost $80 dollars. I remember looking and taking the time to find a pair of shoes that fit well and matched what I thought looked good also. They were a pair of Nike Mid-Top sneakers. My Scout Master at the time teased me that if I ever got hungry on a scouting trip I could always eat them. I know however, that I had made a good choice for me. Since then, I have paid attention to brands that build quality products. I recently realized that a Mountain Smith bag I bought in March of 1999, which is a very good bag. In fact, I still use it everyday.

You may be thinking how do products connect with this quote? Well, when we work to excel in something and build skills, talents, or change a characteristic. We have to develop the habit/skill until we become proficient and depending on it’s importance we practice it until we dream about it … and become ‘perfect’ in that thing.

iron wil