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Persistence Pays Off

Have you ever given up when a challenge becomes too difficult for you?

Have you ever persisted even when you’ve failed time and time again?

Those people who choose to become the leaders of their lives instead of going with the flow and accepting the scraps that life tosses aside understand the power of persistence.  

 Earl Nightingale, American radio speaker and author says, “Sometimes it appears that there is a hidden guide someplace whose duty it is to test men and women through all sorts of discouraging experiences. Those who pick themselves up and keep trying after getting knocked down arrive. It’s an uncanny thing, but it works. And this hidden guide lets no one enjoy great achievement without passing the persistence test, it seems. And those who can’t take it simply don’t make the grade.” (From Earl Nightingale’s book “Transformational Living”)

Nightingale continues, “And those who can take it are bountifully rewarded for their persistence. They receive as their compensation whatever goal they’re pursuing. And that’s not all, because they receive something infinitely more important than material compensation, although they get that. But they get the knowledge that every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent advantage. There are exceptions to this rule. A few people know from experience the soundness of persistence. They’re the ones who have not accepted defeat as being anything more than temporary. They’re the ones whose desires are so persistently applied that defeat has finally changed into victory.”

During WWII Winston Churchill kept his country safe and strong by instilling the belief of never giving up into the minds, hearts, and spirits of the citizens of England. He refused to give up! He would Never, Never, Never, Never Give Up!

During the darkest days of WWII, Prime Minister Winston Churchill stayed strong for his country! In 1941, Prime Minister Winston Churchill visited the vaunted Harrow School in London,  where he spoke to the students about the changing world events during the last year. 

Germany and Japan were expanding their control and spreading their tyranny as far as they were allowed. During his closing remarks, Churchill passionately articulated the famous words which have rang true every day since then; “Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never–in nothing, great or small, large or petty–never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

Prime Minister Winston Churchill also said, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”

All of us have felt the pang of regret when we’ve given up on a difficult task, knowing that we have somehow short-changed our true potential. Conversely, most of us have felt the joy of a hard earned victory when the future seemed bleak.

Earl Nightingale, read “about the great Knute Rockne of Notre Dame who believed and applied, the rewards of persistence” 

“He had a blood clot in one leg, and his doctors told him if that blood clot traveled through his bloodstream to his heart, it would kill him. But the Notre Dame team was playing far from home that day, and he insisted on being taken to the game on a stretcher. So, they got him to where the game was to be played. And they took him down to the dressing room where his football players were getting ready for the game. And the perspiration was running down his face and he was in terrible pain and he propped himself up on his elbows with a tremendous effort and said, “This team you’re playing today beat us last year.”

“I want you to get out there and win.” He then said, “The team that won’t be beat, can’t be beat.”

Rockne “then fell back on his stretcher, out of breath and suffering terribly, and the team went out and won the game, and they never lost another game as long as Knute Rockne was alive, because when they saw the type of courage that he could develop, how persistently he fought to win even though he was flat on his back, it made giants out of men.”

Nightingale: “And people that stand on the sidelines of life see the overwhelmingly large number who go down in defeat, never to rise again. They see the few who take the punishment of defeat as an urge to greater effort. And these fortunately never learn to accept life’s reverse gear, But what we don’t see, what most of us never suspected existed, is the silent but irresistible power which comes to the rescue of those who fight on in the face of discouragement.”

“Now if we speak of this power at all, we call it persistence and let it go at that.  One thing we all know, if one does not possess persistence, one cannot achieve any noteworthy success in any calling.”

Here are Nightingale’s 3 questions to ask yourself:

 1) When was the last time you gave up without really trying? Is this a habit for  you?

2) When was the last time you persisted in spite of setbacks? Do you relish the challenge? 

3)  What did you learn from both experiences?

The next time it becomes too difficult for you to solve your problems try the following:

1) Always have a paper and pencil ready, wherever you are, in case you think of a solution to your problem. Think of yourself as a detective like Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson and look for your solutions at work or at home. 

2) Give yourself time each day to ponder your problems. Be observant and a good listener. Start thinking how to solve your problems today! 

3) Have a burning desire to solve your problems, be persistent, and “Never, Never, Never, Never Give Up!”

Madeline Frank, Ph.D., is an Best Selling Author, speaker, business owner, teacher, concert artist, and parent. She helps businesses and organizations “Tune Up their Business”. Her observations show you the blue prints necessary to improve and keep your business successful. Her latest book “Leadership On A Shoestring Budget” is available everywhere books are sold. If you need a virtual speaker contact Madeline at:

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