I Was Reading Chapter 9 Of “Think And Grow Rich” The Other Day…
I’ve been reading Think And Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, published way back in the 1930s. I was on chapter 9, which was about persistence. It’s one of the twelve characteristics of wealth Mr. Hill included in his book. The eighth one, in fact. Reading about persistence got me thinking.
I’m sure we all know what PERSISTENCE is, but here’s a good definition anyway. It’s defined as “firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.”
Well, that definition got me thinking a little more. I know that it’s a good thing to be persistent. If you’re not, then basically you’re a quitter, and no one wants to be a quitter. I guess a “giver upper” is a less harsh term, but it’s the same thing, don’t you think?
Besides, “giver upper” isn’t grammatically correct.
I like the definition above, except for the “or obstinate” part. I think being obstinate has a negative connotation. Here’s the definition of obstinate: “stubbornly refusing to change one’s opinion or chosen course of action, despite attempts to pursuade one to do so.”
That definition reminds me of someone who is bull-headed. Someone unreasonable.
In fact, here’s another definition. Stubborn: “unreasonably or perversely unyielding, mulish.”
Stubborn carries a negative connotation too, looks like to me. Don’t we usually describe someone as “stubborn” who won’t change his or her mind even when he or she knows they’re wrong?
So, putting it all together, it’s good to be PERSISTENT, but not so good to be stubborn or obstinate.
Isn’t it interesting how different words can make a difference in your meaning.
Applying Persistence To Your Business Endeavors
My website here is about making money online, so it is logical that I would write about applying the quality of persistence to business pursuits.
In fact, Napoleon Hill’s work “Think And Grow Rich” is a book about how to obtain wealth, and his chapter on persistence is centered on the importance of being persistent when pursuing business goals. Things rarely go as smoothly as we’d like. Something always seems to block our way.
Don’t Quit Too Soon!
You’ve probably heard the tale about the two frogs who somehow jump into a pail of milk that the farmer left sitting in the barn.After swimming around for quite a while, one frog says to the other, “It’s no use. It’s been nice knowing you, but I quit.” The frog stops swimming and drowns. The second frog, although weary from swimming, doesn’t quit, and keeps swimming. The next morning the farmer comes back to the barn and finds a frog in his milk bucket, sitting on a mass of fresh churned butter.
Here’s a cartoon video from You Tube that tells the story. The story’s a little different but the essence is the same.
The moral of the story? Don’t leave your milk bucket where frogs can jump into it. Not really. The moral is to never give up!
Many people quit when they don’t see the progress they are looking for. It’s become a part of our culture. Gone is the time when the majority of people worked hard to reach their goals, overcoming obstacles and setbacks until success was achieved.
Don’t get me wrong, people still do it today, but not to the extent that they did in the past.
We’ve become an “I want it now,” culture, don’t you think? We’ve become used to instant gratification, and when we don’t get what we want, or things don’t go the way we think they should, we are quick to drop what we’re doing in favor of finding something easier.
If reaching our dreams seems too hard, we’d rather find new dreams than work to overcome the obstacles in our path.
Why do you think that is? I think it’s because of the media culture. Especially the media in advertising. You almost never see an ad where the subject is working hard, struggling, trying to overcome some obstacle. Instead, you see happy, carefree people at play. You see people who have already reached success.
We can’t place all the blame on the media, though. Our society in general has become faster, in almost every area. We have become conditioned to impatience.
It’s Still True; The People Who Push Through The Obstacles In Their Path Are The People That Win In The End.
The ones who quit never win.
It’s been said, and I believe it, that the surest way to fail is to QUIT!
It you believe your goals are attainable, and if you believe they are worth pursuing, then DON’T GIVE UP!
It’s a lesson that I’ve learned in life. This blog is the main vehicle for my online business. My goal is to bring people who are seeking a chance to succeed online in contact with the training that they need to obtain that success.
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