Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Sharon Valentine Houston, Texas, United States

Posted: 2017-06-21

Chapter 9 – Persistence

In our school district kids are given the option to be in band for the first time in 6th grade.  If you’ve lived through the experience of having a child in beginner band, you know that playing their instruments during the first month sounds like a cross between a cat getting a bath and fingernails running down a chalkboard.  Being a great parent, you praise their progress, encourage them to continue to practice every day and to fill out their band practice card.  The budding musician doesn’t seem to be bothered by their abilities because everyone in their class is at the same level.  Then by the Christmas show, the kids can put out a decent play list of holiday songs.  By the spring show, the ordeal of the first month of practice is a distant memory.

Napoleon Hill says “Will-power and desire, when properly combined, make an irresistible pair.”  “The ease with which lack of persistence may be conquered will depend entirely upon the INTENSITY OF ONE’S DESIRE.”

In the 5th grade, 8th grade performing bands make the rounds in area schools to encourage younger students to join band.  Potential band members are presented a bill of goods that they can be as good as the 8th graders and play in marching band in junior and senior high school.  And when they join band and work to improve their musical skills, it happens – they’re in marching band!

As adults entering the network marketing industry, we were presented a bill of goods that listed our dreams and desires – new cars, dream homes, endless exotic vacations – fill in the blank.  Unfortunately, we weren’t given the training or encouragement we needed to achieve those goals, and we felt like a failure.  But at MFF we are taught skills that work.  We develop new skills that replace the ones that don’t work.

Most people in network marketing are part-timers – working a full-time job, taking care of the family and household, volunteering in the community.  To be successful, though, our “band practice card” must be filled out as much as possible, persistently honing our skills.  “What 2 half hour slots of time or 1 hour a day can I schedule where I can be all in the business?” is a better question to ask than “When can I find time on my busy weekends between all my activities to do this business?”  Persistence, mind set and skills are our keys to success.

Persistently doing small actions daily, building that will power, combined with reading our goals every day will go a long way to building a life that others only dream of.

Sharon Valentine

Houston, TX