Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Richard Burnett Spanish Fort, Alabama, USA

Posted: 2018-01-15

Persistence to me just means to NEVER EVER give up. If the timing is right you might accidentally get a good lesson in persistence during a busy time at a department store if you happen to be around the toy aisle. I think we have all witnessed what a kid will do to get what he or she wants from their parents when they want something bad enough and they ALWAYS want it bad enough.

Hill says “There is no substitute for persistence” and then her goes on to say “Sometimes it appears that there is a hidden Guide whose duty is to test men through all sorts of discouraging experiences. Those who picked themselves up after defeat and keep on trying ,arrive;and the world cries bravo I knew you could do it. The hidden guide let's no one enjoy great achievement without passing the persistence test. Those who can't take it, simply do not make the grade. Those who can take it or bountifully rewarded for their persistence. They receive, as her compensation, whatever goal they are pursuing. That is not all! They received something infinitely more important than material compensation-the knowledge that “every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent advantage”

I saw a perfect example of persistence of this year in college football. The first game of the season Alabama played Florida State. Both teams were rated number one and number three and both were predicted to have a run at a national championship. Two top teams like that do not usually start off the season playing each other. It was a very physical game and Alabama lost four linebackers for the season after losing lots of key players last year to the NFL. Florida State lost their top quarterback for the season. The loss of that quarterback crushed Florida State and they gave up and ended the season out of the top 25


Alabama kept plugging in freshman players and found ways to win but in the LSU game we lost three more key players, one LEADER who made the calls for the defense out for the rest of the season. He was replaced by a freshman who was doing an outstanding job of filling in and then he was injured for the rest of the season at practice. We played our biggest rival in the iron bowl and lost. We couldn't play for the conference championship at that time and that's where most people would've given up. However Bama's coach lobbied the college playoff committee and made the case that we were a better team than that and injuries caused us to lose, The playoff committee excepted that and put us in over Ohio State.


Now was time to prove that they made a good choice. The defense dominated Clemson but one of the three linebackers that had come back from being out from that first game was out again for the rest of the season this time. 


So in the national championship game we are down 13 to nothing at halftime. Our starting quarterback couldn't pass a ball if his life depended on it and can't even generate a first down, much less a score. Most people who were not in denial knew that all season. I was ready for bed by halftime and if Bama’s coach hadn’t benched the starting QB I was outta there but when they came back out on the field in the second half the right quarterback was in. The second half was a whole different ball game and the rest is history. We came back and took home Championship #17 The guide had been there testing us all your long and and WE NEVER GAVE UP!

Thank you Linda and Michael Dlouhy for your persistence in helping others succeed. And I promise you no more football stories till next season.

Rick Burnett

Spanish Fort, Al