Persistence

What is Persistence?

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.

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Self Education

Books

This is not a complete list, just ones that I have read and feel confident that I can recommend.

  • The 10X Rule – Grant Cardone
  • The Art of War – Sun Tzu
  • As a Man Thinketh – James Allen
  • Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
  • Be Obsessed or Be Average – Grant Cardone
  • Close That Sale! – Brian Tracy
  • The Compound Effect – Darren Hardy
  • The Creature from Jekyll Island – G. Edward Griffin
  • Crush it! – Gary Vaynerchuk
  • Delivering Happiness – Tony Hsieh
  • The Difference Maker – John C. Maxwell
  • Do the Work – Steven Pressfield
  • Enchantment – Guy Kawasaki
  • The Gates of Fire – Steven Pressfield
  • Go Pro – Eric Worre
  • The Happiness Advantage – Shawn Achor
  • Living Forward- Michael Hyatt
  • Man’s Search for Meaning – Victor Frankl
  • The New Case for Gold – James Rickards
  • The Miracle Morning – Hal Elrod
  • Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki
  • The Richest Man in Babylon – George Samuel Clason
  • The Road to Ruin – James Rickards
  • The Secret – Rhonda Byrne
  • Self-Reliance – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Sell or be Sold – Grant Cardone
  • Steve Jobs – Walter Isaacson
  • The Thank You Economy – Gary Vaynerchuk
  • Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
  • Where Have All the Leaders Gone – Lee Iacocca
  • Who Built That – Michelle Malkin
  • 21 Great Ways to Manage Your Time and Double Your Productivity – Brian Tracy

Podcasts

YouTube Channels

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Schopenhauer, Targets

Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

I have often felt that this quote applied to some of our most brilliant men from around the world and throughout history! People like Buddha, Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Steve Jobs, and Henry Ford just to name a few. I would include great thinkers like Locke, Montesquieu, and Calvin, and the American Founding Fathers. They each had a vision that has shaped the world we live in. Whether one considers these individuals as good or bad, the impact they have had on the world has changed it and that to me is the mark of Genius!

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Unknown, Dreamers

All men who achieved great things have been dreamers.” – Unknown

I really enjoy this quote! I have never taken ‘dreamers’ here to mean a lackadaisical, dreamy, cotton-headed person; to me, it has always meant someone who thinks and plans and is willing to work on those plans until they come to fruition or pivot to another idea derived from the first. I have, for many years, admired the works and ambitions of Vanderbilt, Rockefeller, Carnegie, Morgan, and Ford. The early industrialists and business leaders that built huge businesses and forged many of the standards and work norms that are part of our current views of the work place.

While my dreams have not yet come to fruition, I am still working on them. I got distracted and sidetracked by the cacophony of the educators and leaders that say go to school and get an education. While a degree is helpful, the real education that is needed is that of personal drive and desire. I believe that it is more important for a person to pursue the knowledge that one needs (has an interest in) to pursue their goals. We could talk about Steve Jobs taking the calligraphy course or of Bill Gates spending hours coding in his high school years. We could also look at Mark Zuckerburg, Jack Dorsey, Mark Cuban, or Michael Dell. We could look outside the typical business communities to Christian von Koenigsegg, Hayley Hobson, Eric Worre, or Robert Kiyosaki.

My point is that if you have an idea work on it; see where that adventure will take you!

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Jobs, Stay

Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish!” – Steve Jobs (from Whole Earth Catalog)

In tribute to Steve Jobs birthday, I felt this line taken from the Standford University Commencement Speech he gave in 2005 was appropriate. Many people look up to and admire Steve for his sense of design, ability to lead and inspire, his demand for excellence, his ability to see a finished product in the design phase. He had many talents. I found the biography written by Walter Isaacson to not only be revealing about Steve; however, I learned about myself.

As a young man, my mother pulled me aside one day and gave me some instruction. She recommended that I look at those men & women around me and learn from them. Watch them and pick out the good habits and work those into your personality and character. Become a better man then your father, become a better man than my father and be the best man you can be. It took me a few years to understand and then to put that advice in practice. I admit that Dr. Stephen Covey helped with his book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. His concept of beginning with the end in mind provided me with the insight I needed.

Now, stay hungry and stay foolish. Hunt for ideas and knowledge and growth. Be foolish enough to not accept other peoples image of you. Be foolish enough to “Never let them make you crawl.”

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