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

Self Education

Welcome to the Self-Education Page!

Here you will find Books (listed below), Podcast, Videos, and Other Books that can help you grow your mind and imagination!!!


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

  1. The 10X Rule – Grant Cardone
  2. 21 Great Ways to Manage Your Time and Double Your Productivity – Brian Tracy
  3. The 21st Century Case for Gold – George Gilder
  4. The 8000$ Phone Call – Jayden Pudney
  5. Anthem – Ayn Rand
  6. The Art of War – Sun Tzu
  7. As a Man Thinketh – James Allen
  8. Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
  9. Becoming Unstuck – Will Aylward
  10. Be Obsessed or Be Average – Grant Cardone
  11. The Black Swan – Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  12. The Big Short – Micheal Lewis
  13. Blue Ocean Strategy – W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne
  14. Building Your Network Marketing Business – Jim Rohn
  15. Close That Sale! – Brian Tracy
  16. The Closer’s Survival Guide – Grant Cardone
  17. The Compound Effect – Darren Hardy
  18. The Creature from Jekyll Island – G. Edward Griffin
  19. Crush it! – Gary Vaynerchuk
  20. Delivering Happiness – Tony Hsieh
  21. The Difference Maker – John C. Maxwell
  22. Do the Work – Steven Pressfield
  23. Dreamstarter – Mike Fallat
  24. Economics in One Lesson – Henry Hazlitt*
  25. Enchantment – Guy Kawasaki
  26. The Education of Millionaires – Michael Ellsberg
  27. Financial Fitness – Chris Brady & Orrin Woodward
  28. The Financial Matrix – Orrin Woodward
  29. The Fountainhead – Any Rand
  30. The Gates of Fire – Steven Pressfield
  31. Go Pro – Eric Worre
  32. Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance – Angela Duckworth
  33. The Happiness Advantage – Shawn Achor
  34. High Performance Habits – Brendon Burchard
  35. How I Raised Myself From Failure to Success in Selling – Frank Bettger*
  36. How to Get and Stay Motivated – Grant Cardone
  37. How To Have Confidence and Power in Dealing With People – Les Giblin*
  38. How to Make People Like You – Nicholas Boothman
  39. How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie*
  40. Hyper Grow Your business – Ben Rife
  41. Ice Breakers! – Tom Big Al Schweitzer
  42. JumpStart Your Priorities – John C. Maxwell
  43. Just a Thought – James Gurick
  44. Just Keep Breathing – Jimmy Bluff
  45. The Law – Frederic Bastiat*
  46. Left of Bang – Patrick Von Horne & Jason Riley
  47. Living Forward- Michael Hyatt
  48. The Magic of Thinking Big –┬áDavid J. Schwartz*
  49. Man’s Search for Meaning – Victor Frankl
  50. The Millionaire Booklet – Grant Cardone
  51. Millionaire’s Guide – Cedric Penn
  52. The Miracle Morning – Hal Elrod
  53. The New Case for Gold – James Rickards
  54. The Obstacle is the Way – Ryan Holiday
  55. On Combat – Dave Grossman and Loren W. Christensen
  56. On Killing – Dave Grossman
  57. On the Wealth of Nations: Books That Changed the World – P.J. O’Rourke
  58. Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell
  59. Personality Plus – Florence Littauer*
  60. The Power of Broke – Daymond John
  61. Quantum Leaps – Gloria Mayfield Banks
  62. The Real Book of Real Estate: Real Experts. Real Stories. Real Life. – Robert Kiyosaki
  63. Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki
  64. The Richest Man in Babylon – George Samuel Clason
  65. The Road to Ruin – James Rickards
  66. Rock Bottom to Rock Star – Ryan Blair
  67. The Secret – Rhonda Byrne
  68. Self-Reliance – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  69. Sell or be Sold – Grant Cardone
  70. Steve Jobs – Walter Isaacson
  71. Take the Stairs – Rory Vaden
  72. The Thank You Economy – Gary Vaynerchuk
  73. Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
  74. Think React Lead – Dom Faussette
  75. Training to Win – Zachary Conley
  76. Unbroken – Laura Hillenbrand
  77. Unlocked – T.D. Jakes
  78. Where Have All the Leaders Gone – Lee Iacocca
  79. Who Built That – Michelle Malkin
  80. The Virtue of Selfishness – Ayn Rand
  81. You are a Bad Ass – Jen Sincere

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!

iron wil