Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; Nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; Unrewarded is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
-Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933)
You ever start a project that may take more than a few seconds, minutes, or days, or years to complete? Or maybe you want to start a diet and/or exercise program to get in better shape. Do you find yourself with many tasks that just need to get done, but then easily get distracted by something else? What is stopping you from completing those assignments?
We all aim to accomplish things whether it is through work or pleasure. It all starts with the ideas we develop in our minds to reach those accomplishments. However, something may corrupt those ideas with distractions. It is a strange form of human nature to get distracted by something, or someone for that matter. I guess that’s because the world is so full of ideas in all kinds of different shapes and forms.
This Earth was created to keep revolving, and all things like nature, food, water, and even us humans were put on it to do exactly the same thing, keep revolving, expanding, growing.
Somebody created all things to move in a motion of growth and hit the repeat button in the process of doing so in effort to keep it going nonstop, without interruption. That same person also created Humanity, and though there is a repeated process of mass population, reproduction, or procreation, there was a portion of that movement left up to the human being to keep up production for one’s self. However, the self within humans was meant to be disrupted in life for whatever reason.
You see, it’s up to you now, your self to keep growing, and to never stop. Sure, nothing lasts forever, what goes up, must come down, things die, people die, but while we as a human being are alive, we may as well make the best of it. Those ideas and/or actions one commits too can simply get disrupted by something or someone who may influence a person to move towards another idea, thought, or action which in turn interrupts the flow of process of movement.
A good example of disrupted forces could be the television as the media tends to distract us with all kinds of drama in movies, sitcoms, or even commercials. It is the vicious cycle of a soap opera that keeps us yearning for more. We all must buy into that product being sold in the infomercials. Now days there is the element of Reality on TV where we watch someone else relish in all the glory and successes.
Today’s society is also fueled by a ton of social media outlets which allows people to connect to one another. This single attraction is probably the most toxic of all distractions as it has forced an attraction to look down at our phones for that latest news and created a new way of gossip through text messaging. This method of social interaction can be dangerous because it takes out attention away from focusing on what is ahead, including the traffic we drive in. You cannot move forward with a phone in front of your face, and if you are not careful, that life cycle that is meant to keep growing, could very well end abruptly.
Therefore, we must all learn to put our phones down, turn the Television off, tune out social media from our lives from time to time, but more importantly, stop wondering what could have been. If you really want to finish the job, lose the weight, or simply just fulfil a dream or desire, we all must learn to cut out those distractions, and fight back temptation from any and all resources lurking outside of our common goal(s). Thus, stay focused on achieving the task directly in front of us, and we must not look back, down, or give up. Instead, get up, look forward, and get the job done.
This is called Persistence. It is the act of Firm or Obstinate continuance in a course of action despite difficulty or opposition. Persistence is the ability to keep going no matter what. Persistence doesn’t allow distractions, or any other obstacles for that matter to stand in its path. Whoever created us, instilled humanity with this quality to keep moving forward, but perhaps created the obstacles, and distractions to test our authority towards achieving a way of living our lives to the fullest.
We as people are not perfect though either. Our creator knew that full well that mistakes will be made. But that person did not create life just so we all things will be condemned to death the moment that something goes wrong. So, we all must be persistent in knowing that life goes on despite any interference that may come our way, and If we react positively, our possibilities can be endless.
Successful people bleed persistence. Chefs like Guy Fieri, Athletes like Jerry Rice, Business people like the late Steve Jobs, and home innovators like Chip and Joanna Gaines all are great examples of this. These guys, and gal have all earned the title of Entrepreneur; people who have worked tirelessly to be the best at what they do. They did not just become famous overnight. They are all where they are today based on the persistence and determination to make a name for themselves, despite any obstacles they faced.
Persistence defines success. It’s not the work you do, how much money you make, or where you go that makes you successful, it is how you got there, the path you paved, the hurdles you jumped over, and the trenches you dug, and the accelerative pace in which you do any work that makes you prosperous.
Early Century Scripture, such as the above quote from Calvin Coolidge, or books other books such as the bible tells us that you do not have to be a genius, or be talented, or even educated to be successful in our lives. These are scriptures merely just suggest for us to live our lives at a consistent level and never give up in our pursuit of happiness.
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