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Friday, November 16, 2012

The Underlying Qualities of Successful People

Our "Manifesto for Success" Series: #2 - Perseveranc

Perseverance and synonymous traits such as determination, resoluteness, persistence: If we look around, we'll see that these qualities are never in short supply in people who are wildly successful.

Remember this poem from our previous post from "Think and Grow Rich" ?

If you think you are beaten, you are,
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you like to win, but you think you can’t,
It is almost certain you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost,
For out in the world we find,
Success begins with a fellow's will -
It’s all in the state of MIND.

If you think you’re outclassed, you are,
You’ve got to think high to rise,
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.

Life’s battles, don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man
But soon or later the man who wins

Your belief system is the foundation that your life is built on. A strong belief system (as espoused by the poem above) can be the source of extraordinary perseverance and determination.

So what is perseverance? When you take action consistently, even in the face of repeated failures you are exhibiting perseverance. An outstanding example is Nelson Mandela. But remember the why is important, the more important the why, the greater will be the perseverance. His why was so important that they could not break his spirit even after decades of imprisonment.

Other Examples

Thomas Edison: Inventor of the 'first' (workable / feasible) incandescent light bulb -  he failed many times (999 times) - before he succeeded!  In reply to a reporter who asked Edison, "How many times are you going to fail at creating the light bulb?" Edison replied, "Son, I haven't failed! I've simply discovered another way not to invent the light bulb!"

J K Rowling: Harry Potter author - her books were rejected by twelve publishers including Penguin and Harper Collins until Bloomsbury took it on (and only when the CEO's eight-year old daughter pleaded with him)  - the rest is history!
Canyons: Just like the little streamlets of water which erode mighty mountains by consistently trickling over them until they've carved a deep canyon through them, perseverance is the fuel that drives your action to get you through seemingly insurmountable obstacles.


Never underestimate the power of belief. However belief by itself is not sufficient, it must be backed up with action, consistent action, powered by perseverance until you achieve the results you envision. Belief backed up by perseverance is such a potent force in getting results, that huge financial adversities and other personal tragedies have been overcome against unimaginable odds, that could only be described as miracles.

Enjoy the video based on a favourite poem that I hope will inspire you NOT to quit when the going gets tough, as you reach for the stars in search of your dreams!


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Author: M L Hua
Manifesto of Success Series: #2 - Perseverance

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