Archive for April, 2010

Persistence – A Key Factor to Success

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Do you wonder what it takes to be at the top of your field?  What about in the top 3% of income earners?  Research shows it is not your IQ, a degree from a university or your childhood. 

Thomas J. Stanley, author of The Millionaire Mind, surveyed hundreds of millionaires and he found that most of the respondents did not inherit their money, go to Ivy League Colleges, nor were they at the top of their class throughout school.  Most of these individuals attribute their fortunes to hard work, persistence and attitude.

Let’s talk about persistence now and we’ll cover hard work and attitude in future articles.

If persistence pays off then why doesn’t every just be persistent?  Because persistence takes discipline and tenacity; you must be willing to pay the price and sometimes put everything else on hold.   You must have the drive and determination to do what has to be done without giving in.   You must figure out a way to overcome obstacles and unforeseen hurdles and to build a foundation for good habits.

How to be persistent:

  • Figure out what you want to accomplish, your goal. Write it in the SMARTR format.
  • Write down what you need to do to reach your goal.
  • Write down your obstacles.  Now write down what you can do to overcome those obstacles.
  • What new habits need to be created to get you to your goal? Write down the steps you must take.
  • Reward yourself along the way.   Each small success will lead to another and then another.
  • Never stop with the first no and don’t listen to others who say “just quit”.
  • Surround yourself with successful people.  They work as hard as you do.
  • Never, never give up.

 Any one of us can be at the top of our field, be in the top 3% of income earners, or anything else we strive for.  With some hard work, persistence and attitude we can achieve our dreams, our passions, and our desires.

Never give up on your dreams…Perseverance is all important.  If you don’t have the desire and the belief in   yourself to keep trying after you’ve been told you should quit, you’ll never make it.  –  Tawni O’Dell

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