In life, it is human to want everything at our fingertips. No matter how the day’s dominant culture, however, wants to rewire our brain regarding the concept of convenience, enduring success will hardly be convenient. It will always require hard work, commitment, discipline, and perseverance; even though quick fixes and instant coffee seem to be the order of the day.
The dictionary defines ‘Perseverance’ as the persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. Perseverance may equally be defined as tenacity, determination, resolution, staying power, purposefulness or firmness of purpose.
As you consider the above definition, I’ll like to draw your attention, nonetheless, to the fact that it is not enough to just be ‘doing something.’ You need to be working progressively toward a goal that is meaningful, relevant and fulfilling to your design, talents, and giftings. Notwithstanding, one singular attribute that may sabotage the realisation of your goal is ‘failure to persevere.’
This is a dispensation where most people are increasingly impatient and frustrated by slow upload and download speed or a supposedly long queue at the fast food drive-through. Those who are tech-savvy amongst us even get away with ordering their fast food on their mobile phone and picking it up at the outlet. Patience seems to be becoming an archaic word.
1. Perseverance is hard work
Newt Gingrich remarks that ‘it is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.’ Success eventually comes to the one who perseveres the most. The key to success is action; the essential in action is perseverance. Most things can be achieved if you have a clear objective, are willing to obtain the necessary information, have faith, make a decision to work hard, and then persevere.
John D. Rockefeller said, “I do not think that there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance.” It overcomes almost everything, even nature. Great advances are being made in the field of science, medicine, and technology. Products and services that the public once conceived as impossible now dominate the marketplace.
Be inspired by the stories of ordinary people who persevered as they strived to bring to reality their dreams. Consider Simon Cowell, the British TV and music producer of X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent. Some love to hate him for his blunt and controversial comments as a television show judge including wisecracks about contestants and their singing abilities.
I do not think that there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance
At age 15, Cowell dropped out of school and bounced around jobs. He eventually landed a job in the mailroom of EMI Music Publishing. Cowell worked his way up to the A&R department, and then went on to form his own publishing company, E&S Music. His company, unfortunately, did not survive her first year, leaving Cowell in a financial mess.
Even though Cowell was forced to move back in with his parents, he never gave up on his dream of working in the music industry. His tenacity led to his landing a job with a small company called Fanfare Records. There, he worked for 8 years and helped the company become a very successful label. In 2001, he was given the role of judge on the first series of Pop Idol and American Idol consecutively, before he founded his own successful X-Factor franchise.
2. Perseverance is an attitude
Every dreamer and visionary goes through a season where they become despondent due to unmet expectations. Perseverance is an attitude you sorely need to develop to realise your dreams. It is the last hurdle you will cross as you journey towards the achievement of your goals. Beware, however, as this is the time giving up may seem most appealing. Rather than focus on obstacles and thus give up, choose rather to be grateful for little victories.
3. Perseverance is a character builder
The way you handle one thing is the way you handle all things. If you begin to develop perseverance in one area of your life, it will begin to permeate other areas too.