When it comes to going after your goals and getting what you want, one trait reigns supreme if you expect success. That trait is not talent or skill or great connections (though those all help), it’s persistence.
One of the best things I’ve been blessed with in life is persistence. When I really want something, I pursue it and, unless it’s completely out of my control or I have a change of heart somewhere along the way, I usually get it.
It’s not because I’m better than anyone else, or more talented, or better connected, it’s because I’m stubborn as f*ck. I keep trying (especially if I’m told I can’t do something).
I just think life is too short not to go balls-to-the-wall for whatever you want.
It’s a case of being the tortoise in your own tale. It doesn’t matter that someone else is faster than you – if they’re sleeping on the job while you’re making consistent progress, you’re bound to beat them to the finish line.
So pick a goal that’s important to you and keep moving doggedly towards it. Don’t worry about your speed or pace or where everyone else is. Keep your eyes on the prize and just keep pushing.
Even the greatest mountains are eroded away over time. The steepest, sternest, strongest cliff faces eventually yield to the persistence of the sea. A child often gets its way not because it has the better argument, but by sheer will and the relentlessness with which it pursues the object of its desire.
I’m not suggesting you throw a tantrum each time you don’t get your own way, but recognise the power of persistence. Be blinkered of focus and strong of will. Hack a path to your heart’s desire until you make it your own.
Don’t be discouraged by a bump in the road or an obstacle in your way. Those are there to weed out the weakest. Many will fall at the first hurdle and stay there. It’s your job to clear each one ’til you get to the end.
It doesn’t have to be pretty or flawless, and it won’t always be fun. Sometimes you’ll fall. Sometimes you’ll get banged up good and proper. But what sets you apart is that you get back up, dust yourself off, and throw yourself back in the race.
Sure, some nice guys finish last in life, but persistent people always take the podium.
I’m not the world’s best content creator, but it’s a rare breed that’s more persistent. Unless I have a priority that takes precedence, I have at least one blog post and two videos up every week. It’s not always easy, but it’s how I get the job done.
And I’ll keep going until I get to where I want to be. Until I’m keynoting at the biggest conferences and organising the best events. Until my income can support my entire family. Until I’m able to help more and more people around the world.
Persistence is key. What good is talent if it’s not pursued? What use are connections if you’re not prepared to put in a little hard work? These things might help point you in the right direction and maybe even give you a bit of a head start, but persistence alone will get you all the way.
If you have a vision, keep going after it. It doesn’t matter if the road is bumpy, or an unforeseen incident tries to halt your progress. While everyone else is feeling sorry for themselves or resting on their laurels, you’ll keep inching ahead because eventually, all the obstacles will be behind you.
There’s no race you can’t finish if you just keep going.