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Persistence: A Powerful Expression of Your Mental Strength

   You can’t expect to get far in life without persistence. I’m not saying you won’t survive or that you can’t get by, just that you won’t be able to realize your dreams that way. In fact, there are people from all walks of life with incredible talents and highly-developed skills who are not particularly successful. Some would even be considered “losers” in certain circles, simply because they’ve never reached the height of their respective professions, despite extensive knowledge and experience in their fields.

   On the flip-side, there are others who are not particularly talented or smart, who somehow manage to become multi-millionaires – and yes, even billionaires. But how can this be? How can it be that we’re told we have to go to school for x-number of years to become successful, while people like these have us all beat? Truth be told, you’ll often find that the most highly-educated among us are working for high school and college dropouts.

The Importance of Persistence

   Before you get too pissed off thinking about how unfair this seems, consider that we may have been missing the forest for the trees all along. Sure, it’s great to develop useful skills and learn everything you can about your chosen profession. But none of that will do you any good, if you’re not prepared to deal with defeat. Whatever skills these people might lack, the one thing they do have working in their favor is that they simply don’t give up.

   In fact, they keep at it quite stubbornly. Despite having the odds stacked against them, they know that if they persist at it long enough, they will eventually figure out what needs to be figured out and learn what they need to learn to achieve their objective. There are people like this all over the world and though you might not hear of them often, they’re actually more likely to succeed than those who have everything going for them, but can’t keep it together in times of hardship.

   The simple fact is that although you’re not guaranteed success with tremendous effort, you’re all but guaranteed total failure when you give up. Giving up is like admitting you’re not good enough. It’s like giving it only one shot, then packing up and walking away when that one shot doesn’t land on target. The persistent person knows that just because they’re not smart enough to begin with doesn’t mean they can’t learn more, acquire new skills, and perfect the ones they’ve got.

Persistence and Problem-Solving

   One way I like to think of this is by comparing the pursuit of a goal to opening a combination lock on a safe. In order for the lock to open, a series of tumblers have to line up as you turn the dial in different directions. Each turn has the potential to bring one of them into alignment. The easiest way is by knowing the combination, but a good safe-cracker uses faint sounds to guide him, as each tumbler falls into place.

   In my mind’s eye, I view all complex problems this way. Some are more difficult to solve than others, but the principle is the same. The problem is usually not solved in one step and solving each step is like tuning out everything else and listening to the sounds of the tumblers as you turn the dial. As you figure out each step of the problem you’re trying to solve, you’re essentially lining up another tumbler and getting one step closer to cracking the safe. When you line up the last one, the lock pops open and you’ve achieved your objective.

   Remember that until you’re willing to break each problem down into smaller steps, you will face the prospect of becoming overwhelmed. And as we all know, those who become overwhelmed rarely make sound decisions and often find themselves buried even deeper as they stumble along, aimlessly. That’s like spinning the dial on the safe in quiet desperation, hoping that somehow it will magically line up and all your problems will be solved.

   I hate to break it to you, but that’s never going to happen.

   When faced with a problem, your best bet is to find a quiet place to focus, then take a pen and paper and write out all the steps that need to be taken to solve it. If there are unknowns, add in a smaller series of steps within the list for figuring out those unknowns, so you can continue on with the next step, once you do. Note that you may have to amend your list from time to time, as situations arise and as you learn more about the steps required to reach your goal.

   The other critical step is to commit yourself to seeing the process through. THAT is the part that requires persistence, as nothing else you are doing will count without it. Depending on how difficult the objective is, you probably WILL stumble through the process. But if you’re not willing to dust yourself off and get back on the horse, why bother breaking it down into manageable steps in the first place?

What’s the Point?

   The point of this is to reduce the overwhelm factor, so as to minimize the impact of the smaller mistakes you’re likely to make. If you’ve broken it down enough, the smaller steps should not be so bad that you’re unwilling to get back up. Think of it like breaking down the number 100. You can break it down into two 50s, four 25s, five 20s, ten 10s, twenty 5s – or even a hundred 1s. If the problem is still too hard, maybe you need to go from a two-part process to a four or five.

   The point is to break it down into bite-sized pieces that YOU can handle. NOT someone else, but YOU. You are an individual and your situation is different. It doesn’t mean you can’t reach the same heights as someone with less on their plate, but rather that you need to manipulate the process in such a way as to make it attainable for YOU. You may excel in something completely different, which is why someone else’s strategy might not suit you.

   This may seem like a long-winded post, but my point is to get across the idea that persistence is the biggest factor. The reason for breaking down your goals into smaller chunks is to open an easier path for persistence. Keep in mind that it’s not always easy to get back on the horse, but it helps if the horse has a saddle on his back and if he’s trained to stand still. The same applies to persistence. It can be hard to muster up, but there are ways to break things down so it’s less of a struggle.

Mark Abbott

84 Comments

  1. An interesting article, which highlights a number of points.  If we do not try to overcome failure with persistence then we fail.  Surely, we must accept that we should develop a very strong mindset to enable us to conquer failure, this in itself is persistence is it not? We just have to be very strong.

    Great article

  2. Hi Mark

    What a great article you have for people like me who are just embarking on a new opportunity in the online space. I so need this great reminder so that I will be successful in my online endeavours. I have persisted in most aspects of my life and I wanted to persist in my online business. It is easier said than done of course, I can come up with a million excuses but I think I just need to JUST DO IT! Brilliant one Mark. Cheers!

    Junalyn

    • Thank you, Junalyn! Yes, we all need those reminders from time to time. Thanks for stopping by!

      Mark

  3. I completely agree with you about how many people who followed an educational path end up working for somebody who chose not to do that. As a teacher, my opinion is that the educational system has its flaws. Don’t get me wrong, some people will be very successful following it but many don’t. This system is designed for a certain type of learner. Thank you for sharing this useful information. 

  4. I love it!  Persistence and problem solving!  A wonderful break down of what it takes to make it.  All affiliate marketers should read this.  I have never quite read a post that breaks it down this well.  I definitely will be sharing this with my friends and fellow marketers.  How long have you been blogging?  I will bookmark this site and keep an eye out for more posts such as this.  What a wonderful presentation!  Great work!  

    • Thanks, Jon! I believe everyone can benefit from a foundation built on persistence, especially affiliate marketers and everyone with the entrepreneurial itch. I’ve been blogging for a couple years, but I attribute sticking to it mostly to persistence. Thanks so much for stopping by!

      Mark

  5. Persistence is indeed a very powerful expression of one’s mental strength and I must tell I have seen this in action and iustvsay it works like crazy…..when you persist I doesn’t only show strength but builds it also…thanks alot for this awesome article it would be of  help us all.

  6. rich and successful people work 16-hour days. Everyone else does not. Every millionaire and billionaire will tell you that they are obsessed with their business. It’s all about how you measure success. Everyone has their own dreams. and desires life. Only you Can determine what’s right for you. For me, I want to master the guitar. I want to get 10,000 hours. That is success to me.

    • That’s awesome! I used to play, but it’s been a few years. Best of luck to you on your journey and thanks for stopping by!

      Mark

  7. I agree persistence is key, and it is not a once size fits all quality. Some people have more than others, some people require more than others based off of their lifestyle. I read somewhere, I think it was a Forbes article, that the difference between high level and low level professionals is how they THINK. We all have different skill sets, experiences, and strengths…what we have does not matter if we dont know how to use it efficiently. Breaking down large goals into small goals is something that has definitely helped me in my life as well. It has gotten me farther than just focusing on a larger goal with too many components because as you said, you’re able to pay more attention to details, and the smaller components that come along with the bigger picture. Thank you for your content! I needed that bit of motivation today 🙂

  8. Mark thank you for your post! I love the idea of your post and as well the facts you are mentioning there. I totally agree with you that in order to be successful you have to possess the right mix of persistence, problem-solving skills and stubbornly and tirelessly getting to the point you would like to see yourself. I loved your guidance on how to be a perfect problem solver, with a pen and paper. I am doing the same and it is working perfectly for me! I think more people have to realize that the problem would become so smaller when they will write it down instead like keeping it in their mind only and having already that big giant thought about that! Everything can be solved. Another perfect example you mentioned are dropouts out of the schools employing highly educated people. The truth is that standard education is out of date, yo have to be self-educated in order to be successful. Thus specialized skilled instead of generally skilled. Perfect article and I am going to follow you! 

    • Thanks, Julius! Glad you enjoyed the post! Thanks for stopping by!

      Mark

  9. Thank you for sharing this informative and motivating article about The strong mind.Persistence is indeed a very powerful expression. I enjoyed reading your post and I agree with you but l have never thought of it before reading this post breaking down large goals onto small goals will help me as l am still a newbie in the online world. I will share your article with my referrals. Great post.

    Wishing you all the best!

  10. Hello there,

    Thank you for this brilliant article. Great topic. Well done written. Good job in putting all together.

    Persistance is a very powerful tool, but unfortunatelly it requires a strong MINDSET, which many people do not have. That is why, most of them already give up after only a few steps.

    Thank you for sharing. I will look forward more new articles. 

    • Yes, indeed! That’s why I chose to name the site “The Strongest Mind.” Without a strong and healthy mindset, we can’t expect to get far. Thanks for stopping by!

      Mark

  11. What a fantastic post, and one we all need to read regularly as a reminder to keep going when the going gets tough! I’ve started a new venture and get easily overwhelmed and have previously given up…but that’s no longer an option, so persistence and determination are key from now on! 

  12. Hello Mark, What a great article you have for people like me who are just embarking on a new opportunity in the online space. A wonderful break down of what it takes to make it.  All affiliate marketers should read this.  I have never quite read a post that breaks it down this well. I will share in my social groups. Hope everyone will get new ideas.

  13. An interesting article, which highlights a number of points.  If we do not try to overcome failure with persistence then we fail. I have persisted in most aspects of my life and I wanted to persist in my online business. Persistence is indeed a very powerful expression of one’s mental strength. Thanks a lot for such useful article.

    • Glad you enjoyed it, Bai Asha! Thanks so much for stopping by!

      Mark

  14. This is really a great article on the power of persistence.

    With persistence, lots of big goals that we set can’t to do each year will probably going to fail as we simply do not have the enough will power to complete the gaols.

    I like that part where we find a quiet corner to focus so that we can process our thoughts better.

    Instead of getting overwhelmed, it is always good that we breal our goals into smaller actionable steps so that we can take actions immediately.

    The best part is that with the right effort, persistence, everything is achievable.

    • Glad you enjoyed the post! Thanks for stopping by and feel free to share!

      Mark

  15. Indeed persistence with the right knowledge is a key factor to success. I also think that in the process of breaking down a situation into smaller actionable bits, it would yield more results to gather specialised comprehensive information about the situation or project at hand firstly. Fortunately, we have access to great range of valuable information online to aid ease of accomplishment. Indeed persistence is the greatest asset of a strong mind as it links with the will power, which is a gift that can never be taken away from us. Thank you so much for this practical guide to solutions creation. Best Regards

  16. Thanks for stopping by and sharing such a great and informative article on Strong mind. Persistence is something everyone needs to know more about and how powerful it can be. I was overwhelmed and so happy reading your post and I agree with you. I also read more to fact that talk about large goals and small goals. I’m not so exposed to online activities yet. but I’m learning so much from this article. I really applaud this great article once more and I’m definitely gonna share this to my friends to have a view at it too.

  17. What an extraordinary article you have for individuals like me who are merely leaving on additional open door in the online space. I so need this astonishing inform with the goal that I will be effective in my online undertakings. I have endured in many parts of my life and I needed to persevere in my online business. It is more difficult than one might expect obviously, I can concoct a million reasons however I think I simply need to Do what needs to be done! Splendid one Imprint. Good health!

  18. Thank you so much for sharing a beautiful and insightful article with us. The prime element of this article is persistence: A Powerful Expression of Your Mental Strength. It is truly impressive that you covered this subject so well in your post. I’ve learned a lot from reading your article and developed a lot of knowledge about it. I like The Importance of Persistence of the points mentioned in your article. I say from my real experience that when I am experiencing various problems, my Persistence force works to solve these problems. This persistence is a breakthrough of all mental tranquility from which you will feel emotionally comfortable in any difficult situation.
    I’ve read your article and enjoyed it so I’d like to share it with my friends by sharing it in the Facebook community so that everyone knows about your article and gets to know it.

    • Yes, absolutely. Feel free to share it wherever you like, my friend. Thanks for stopping by!

  19. Hi Mark. Your post has come with an excellent timing. Persistence reveals so much of us, of our inner thoughts, of what type of wood we’re made of.

    I have started a project of working online. And during this quarantine I want to develop my project. But I have found myself without energy and it’s due to the lack of results so far. In moments like these, persistence is needed. Thank you very much for your encouraging post. 

    • Yes indeed, Paolo. Persistence is more important than ever, right now. It’s easy to get caught up in feelings of hopelessness and wonder why you should even bother, but this isn’t going to last forever. The way I see it, we’ll come out of this sooner or later and upon looking back, we will probably wish we’d used the time better, while we had so much of it available. It’s the best way I can think of to take something bad and flip it around to get at least one good thing out of it. Best wishes, my friend!

      Mark

  20. A nice way to explain being persistence in life is like  comparing chasing a goal to opening a combination lock on a safe. In order for the lock to open, a series of tumblers have to line up as you turn the dial in different directions. Each turn has the potential to bring one of them into alignment to get it right

  21. Hi Mark ,Thank you so much for giving us this wonderful article. Your article is really very informative and I have gained a lot of knowledge which is very helpful to me .Persistence is a powerful expression of my mental energy. I couldn’t expect to go far in life without perseverance .Yes, I need to have a strong mindset, confidence along with Persistence to overcome my failures .I think they are a kind of perseverance .I think your article is really great and beneficial for the success of my world online .

    I will definitely pass your article on to my other friends and they will certainly share with you their new experience.Can I share your article on my social media?

    • Absolutely, Shanta! Feel free to share wherever you like. Thanks for stopping by and so glad you enjoyed it!

      Mark

  22. Thank you so much for sharing such a beautiful and informative article.
    This is a great article about A Powerful Expression of Your Mental Strength. Persistence is a very capable tool, but unfortunately, it requires a strong MINDSET, which many people do not have. That is why most of them already give up after only a few steps. Thanks to the author of the article for his article I have benefited greatly by reading this. After reading this article I got to know a lot and learn a lot.

    Thanks again for sharing this informative post. I will share the post with others. 😊

    • Glad you enjoyed reading it, and yes, please share! Thanks for stopping by!

      Mark

  23. This post is the best post I have ever seen. Thank you so much for sharing such an informative article among us. I appreciated this post very much. Here you have discussed in detail A Powerful Expression of Your Mental Strength.
    If people do not give enough struggle, then people don’t become successful. Everything that you are today, and everything that you will ever accomplish, is determined by the quality of the habits that you form. By creating good habits and adopting a positive behavior, you too can become successful and live a prosperous life.
    I think all of your discussions are realistic. I agree with all your depictions. I have learned a lot from this article.
    This post has inspired me. I hope this information works for everyone. Thanks for presenting beautifully. I want everyone in the world to know the source of success. I have always learned from this article. I’m so impressed I will follow this article in my life.
    Lastly, I would like to share this post on my social media so everyone can know about Persistence. Thanks

    • Glad you enjoyed it, Tanvir! Thanks for stopping by, my friend.

      Mark

  24. I genuinely need to at first worth your effort in amassing this fantastic site and making this article. At the point when I read your article, I truly preferred your article. I totally concur with you about what number of individuals who followed an instructive way wind up working for someone who decided not to do that. I love it, Persistence and solving thinking! A superb separate of the stuff to make it. All partner advertisers should understand this. Persistence is for sure an incredible articulation. I have never fully perused a post that separates it this well. A debt of gratitude is in order for the article and sharing. If it’s all the same to you I’d prefer to share your article on my social accounts. Much valued.
    Good Luck!

    • Yes, that would be great! Thank you and thanks for stopping by!

      Mark

  25. Thank you so much for sharing such a beautiful article with us.The key to human life is through perseverance, they can do everything in life.How to realize your dream of life can be successful if you work with confidence Through perseverance.Working with perseverance has the power and peace of mind.And through this, work that works efficiently without leaving the plow.It has an intense reaction inside the mind and solves many complex problems very easily.Read your article and get to know the importance of perseverance and share their new experiences with you.

  26. I was looking to read some articles to improve my focus. I enjoy reading this article and it really helps me in planning my work.

    I decided to break down my project into small chunks, the same as my goals. This way I will be persistent to complete the process.

    Thank you.

  27. The essence of persistence while climbing the ladder of success cannot be over emphasized and I really appreciate this post here. To be honest, thank you for sharing. Learning to stay committed to the grind and to really focus in getting the very best out is a good thing as it helps to focus all efforts and willingness into making the little differences that actually overtime, make the effort worthwhile. 

    thumbs up

    • Glad you enjoyed it, Ella! Yes, that is very true. Thanks for stopping by!

      Mark

  28. This is an interesting spread of what it actually takes to make it in our world today. The truth remains that those that do not keep plugging away cannot eventually become successful because they only went through once without giving it a try again when things don’t go as planned. I have been in that situation a number of times in the past and I seriously understand how it feels. I love this post and I would like to share it.

    • Absolutely, Riley! Feel free to share anywhere you like. Thanks for stopping by!

      Mark

  29. I definitely consider myself to be persistent and someone who never gives up on my goals. I started an online business in 2016 and despite failing multiple times and not making any real money I’m still working on it right now and don’t have plans on giving up. I like how you used the analogy of opening a combination lock and how there’s many steps, just like achieving a big goal it’s best to split it into smaller steps. I think my biggest problem is that I’m constantly trying to do too much at one time, instead I should just set smaller goals to achieve which leads to a bigger end goal.

    • Glad you’re hanging in there, Son. I can relate to trying to do too much at once, as I used to do that a lot. I still have to remind myself not to approach it that way, so don’t think you’re the only one. It is a struggle, but it really does work a lot better when you break things down. Best wishes on your entrepreneurial ventures!

      Mark

  30. Man, this is an incredible article and exactly what I needed to be reminded of. Strengthening ourselves to take whatever it is from within and dig deeper to find the hole so to speak like the main focus on the picture. Deep focus it takes more so then talent. This help you to become rich in whatever way you want or need. 

    • Glad you could relate, Andrew! Thanks for stopping by!

      Mark

  31. All of us in this whole wide world face problems and huge obstacles in life, it is just how we face it, tackle and find the solution of the problem. Yes it is very true that if the obstacle is quite huge, then you have to break it down to small pieces…so that you can easily crush it, breaking it down approach of facing the problem is not so mind boggling and not so stressful and it will give you time to think more of some solution of the problem and the problem will not swallow you up…for me it is optimism, patience and perseverance of character that will accomplish everything.  

    Thank you!

    • Absolutely, my friend! Thanks so much for stopping by!

      Mark

  32. Becoming persistent has been the key to many great things I’ve experienced in life. Had I stopped figuring out how to grow my own blog, I wouldn’t have built the expertise that I currently have today and the nice successes I have, although they’re tiny as of the moment.

    In my mind, persistence is not just a nice thing to have, but rather a “lifelong trait” I must embody if I want to pursue the big things in life. I may not escape the struggles, but like you said, if I break them down into sizeable chunks, then they won’t appear as daunting as they originally look on the surface.

  33. I have learned that persistence is a very important key to success. Most of us, more than 90%, will not be able to fulfill our dreams.

    If you are persistent enough, you will treat all challenges, set-backs as a lesson, and focus on the solutions. You mentioned breaking them into smaller tasks which is an excellent way to solve problems.

    My personal example will be health. I was diagnosed with high cholesterol and has since recovered from it. The reason for the success is I am very persistent to get my health back and I took all the small little steps to make it happen.

    Thank you for sharing your article. It is useful for people who want to fulfill their dreams. Marc.

    • Thanks, Marc! Glad to hear you took care of your cholesterol problem. Good health is critical nowadays, especially with what’s going on at the moment. Best wishes to you, my friend!

      Mark

  34. Great advice here!!  

    I especially love your advice to find a quiet place to focus.  Having a quiet place to focus is what I need much of the time to finish a project.  My dogs barking or someone yelling just doesn’t help me to focus.  

    The other important topic was seeing the process through…. now knowing that this will all help and reduce the overwhelm factor is a huge benefit.

    Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Anytime, Alyse! Glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for stopping by and best wishes!

      Mark

  35. Your article resonated strongly with me. I can totally relate. It’s not easy to see your ex-classmates with important positions or prosperous businesses and you, who always got excellent grades, are nowhere close. We feel powerless and defeated.

    Persistence is important. Those of us who get easily overwhelmed have an extra difficulty. It’s something we have to fight against every single day. It’s not something that disappears overnight.

    Thank you for sharing and inspiring us. Have a blessed day. 

    • Glad you enjoyed the post, Enrique! Thanks for stopping by!

      Mark

  36. Thanks for a thought-provoking article. I think it is easy to trick ourselves into doubting ourselves and finding excuses for backing off from our ambitions and maybe settling for less. Many a 9 to 5 job is a bit like a lukewarm bath. Its not actually warm enough to be really comfortable and pleasant but it isn’t cold and uncomfortable enough to force you out. And if you are stuck in a 9 to 5 job its easy to put your dreams and ambitions on pause and just stay in the lukewarm bath. I agree persistence in pursuing your goals and staying the course is the key ingredient that will make the difference. Best regards, Andy

    • That’s a very good point, Andy! If you’re not uncomfortable enough, you’ll likely put up with the status quo for much longer than you need to. Best wishes to you and thanks for stopping by!

      Mark

  37. Hi Mark, I just read your article about  Persistence and the benefits, here is my personal opinion, When people do what they love, they give it all they got. Just as it is in relationships. When you love somebody, you never get enough of the person present. Persistence is the key to victory. Persistence makes it possible for one to hold unto his dreams, pursue their goals against every odd. I like how you said that persistence may not guarantee success, but a lack of persistence will guarantee failure. That’s like saying that “a quitter never wins and a winner never quits”.

    I believe that it is important in any vocation, career, business, the relationship we have chosen to chose it based on our heart longing, and as to be motivated enough to devote our lives to find out the- best-version-of ourselves through it.

    Often time in the journey of life, people who wins finally are inspired by their initial failures. That’s why it is not a smart idea to drop your guard, because you hit and missed your first target. Keep shooting at the target until you finally hit at it, and declare your victory.

    This your article just reminded me about Abraham Lincoln’s life bio. How did he manage to become one of the greatest American President in the History of the United States and one of the best leaders of his time? He persisted despite his circumstances, failures, oppositions, etc.

    Personally, as someone who finds my interest in giving encouragement to people, trying to inspire people to be self-aware of the potentials they possess and what they can become by following their stars, I like reading this kind of content.

    Nice one!

    Favorme.

    • That is so true, Favorme! Abe Lincoln wasn’t really successful at anything until he won the presidency. He didn’t give up and it seems as though his entire life full of “failures” served to prepare him to do his life’s work where it counted the most. So glad you enjoyed the post! Best wishes to you and thanks so much for stopping by!

      Mark

  38. Thank you for your post. It is inspirational. I started my online business for a while now and the outcome is not as satisfactory as I would like to be. I am thinking about giving up my online business.

    Here comes your article, Persistence – A Powerful Expression of Your Mental Strength. What a timely message to me! Everything we do will not be easy and if we have the mental state of giving up. We can’t expect to get far in life. I agree with you that you won’t be able to realize your dream without persistence.

    I particularly like your description on The Importance of Persistence. Giving up is like admitting you are not good enough. It’s like giving it only one shot, then packing up and walking away when that one shot doesn’t land on target. Well Said.

    • Thanks, Anthony! Glad you could relate. It’s not easy to stick with anything when times are tough, but that’s when it’s most needed. Giving assures nothing but temporary relief with an unfavorable result in the long-run. Best of luck to you in your entrepreneurial endeavors and hang in there! Thanks for stopping by!

      Mark

  39. Wow, speak to me, my Brother!

    This is exactly what I needed to hear and it will help me immensely in getting my site working right, looking right, and making money. 

    Yes, one step at a time, breaking it down  to manageable bites…..perfect advice. I know, because I’m guilty of impatience and looking to accopllish too much too soon. Your Article will help me to remember how to eat an elephant.

    Great article. great advice.

    Thank you,

    Aaron

    • That’s awesome, Aaron! I totally feel where you’re coming from, too. It took me some time to learn how to break things down, rather than do everything at once and expect too much. Best of luck to you and thanks for stopping by!

      Mark

  40. A very interesting article.

    First of all, I love the image that seems to be forms of extreme persistence!

    I like the way the article discuss about the need for persistence in all aspects of our life and combined with problem solving will help you overcome various obstacle that we are facing.

    The article do remind me, especially as I’m facing a crossroad period in my life. I also remembered my professor in the university once said success or not will depends on perseverance.

    It might be interesting to see how we can gain support and encouragement to keep up our perseverance?

    • Your professor was quite correct, David. Without persistence, there can be no success in anything worth pursuing. 

      As for support and encouragement, that tends to depend on who you spend your time with. You’ll find that when you’re in pursuit of lofty goals, not all your friends and family will be as supportive as you might want them to be. It can be very disappointing to see an entirely new side of an old friend that exposes an envious nature you weren’t aware of. 

      If I were to offer advice in this area, my advice would be to seek out others on similar paths. Not only can they relate better to what you’re doing, but they’re usually so focused on their own goals that they have little to gain from treating their more successful friends with resentment. On the contrary, they will want to learn.

      The thing is, if you don’t think success is possible for you, envy is about the only thing you can experience. So if you manage to find more success-minded friends, they’re more likely to want to learn from you if you make it before they do than to be resentful. They will be the most supportive, as well, since it’s a new world for them and they probably won’t want to explore it alone. 

      Best wishes to you, my friend!

      Mark

  41. There is a statement that says don’t only look at the clock, do what it does, keep moving, don’t stop. We just have to keep at what we do don’t we. Quitting is not even an option! We have to be determined and be consistent. Thank you for this post Mark. I really need to be persistent with some stuff in my life. 

    • That is so true, Juliet! We definitely can’t afford to make a habit of quitting. Thanks so much for stopping by!

      Mark

  42. I am very glad that I ended up with your article. Very interesting and useful reading.I totally agree with you that success starts with how a person thinks and education or ignorance does not play a role here. This society is where we grew up based solely on contempt, insults, and setbacks.

    I really like your approach to unraveling the problem into small parts and starting from the beginning with an absolutely brilliant idea.
    Doing something consistently and purposefully can sometimes lead to frustration and burnout, but at the same time, we do not get anywhere without a lasting goal.

    My personal experience shows that if we solve all problems consciously, unfortunately, our negative thoughts tend to dominate and make us believe in the worst, and doubting whether or not to be is a much bigger problem than simply letting conscious problems spin out of our brains and looking back later. that in fact, the problem was not as great as it first seemed.

    You are divine never forget it.

    • Hi, Lea! Glad you enjoyed the post. It’s certainly true that upon looking back, we often find our perceived problems weren’t as big a deal as we thought they were. Thanks for stopping by and best wishes!

      Mark

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