When you see someone struggling in life, do you ask yourself why?
Is it because they lack the education? Thomas Edison didn’t even finish grade school, he persistently tried over 10,000 elements before inventing the light bulb along with thousands of other inventions.
Is it because of a learning disability? Charles Branson started Virgin Records and multiple other successful businesses and he’s dyslexic.
Is it because of a physical disability? Pete Gray and Jim Abbott played Major League baseball with only one hand.
Is it because of money? Andrew Carnegie had more money than what the US Government stored at Fort Knox, but his heirs persistently spent the money and went broke.
As Dr. Brothers quote highlights, “Success is linked to persistence.”
How many people do you know who quit, just before reaching success?
You just need to realize that you will stumble, trip and even fall, but being persistent is the key to get back up and keep going, just like Benjamin Franklin said, “Energy and persistence conquer all things.”
How many times have you quit because it was just too hard or didn’t have the time?
If you have something that you need to do, but persistently procrastinate, maybe it shouldn’t be one of your priorities. If it was you would do it.
When determining what you need to persistently do John Maxwell talks about the 3 R’s.
- What is required – What can no one else do. This sounds like maintaining relationships and being responsible to your boss and family.
- What gives the greatest return – This should be in your strength area and what you’re truly passionate about.
- What brings the greatest reward – What keeps the fire burning inside of you? What’s your passion?
Make a list of priorities in each area and focus the majority of your time on the top 20 percent, which should give you the greatest return.
Your success and happiness depend on it!