Many of us often try to master a skill or make progress toward a goal and end up giving up due to the amount of times we fail.
Whether it be trying to train your fingers to play the F-chord on the guitar or continuing to muster up the courage to chase your dream of becoming a actress after numerous rejections, it hurts when life knocks us down. But, should we stay down?
What if, instead of taking shelter and waving our surrender flag each time we fail, we keep moving forward until a solution is found instead? What if we searched for further knowledge on the goal at hand to help us along our way after we run into walls?
What if, my friends, we became persistent.
Persistent, as defined by Oxford Dictionary, means “continuing firmly or obstinately in a coarse of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.”
The Importance of Being Persistent
There’s a quote by Thomas Edison which you’ve probably heard a thousand times before, but it speaks so much truth to this phenomenon:
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”Thomas Edison
You see, if success was so easily found, would it be worth it? Would we feel satisfied about solving the problem or accomplishing our goals?
Persisting in the pursuit of achieving our goals makes us resilient. It teaches us that hard work, a good mindset, and determination will help us overcome more obstacles than our default mode of avoidance and doubt ever will.
Granted, there are some issues that arise where things are beyond repair, such as when a computer crashes, or a book pitch is rejected several hundred times. But, even then, we must learn to refresh, rebuild, and try again.
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What goal are you going to become persistent in pursuing? Share with us in the comments!