CHAPTER 9 PERSISTENCE: THE SUSTAINED
EFFORT NECESSARY TO INDUCE FAITH
“Patience, persistence, and perspiration make an unbeatable
combination for success.” Napoleon Hill
Persistence is continuing in an opinion or course of action
despite difficulty or opposition
The lack of persistence is one of the major causes of failure.
Moreover, experience with thousands of people has proved that
lack of persistence is a weakness common to “the majority” of
people. It is a weakness which may be overcome by effort. The
lack of persistence may be conquered but it will depend entirely
upon the intensity of one’s desire.
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Nothing
is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Persistence and
determination alone are omnipotent” Calvin Coolidge
“Success is almost totally dependent upon drive and persistence.
The extra energy required to make another effort or try another
approach is the secret of winning.” Dennis Waitley
He was in the sixth grade when he came home with the violin and
announced he was in the school string orchestra. The sound that
came from the instrument that day has not petty. The squeaking
ear piercing noise was far from being music. Every day with
practice continued and with time notes and melodies begin to be
heard. The day of the school concert arrived with a room filled
with future musical hopes.
He continued to play throughout the 7th, 8th and 9th grade ending
up in the second chair in the 9th grade. Then the summer before
entering the 10th grade he grew 11 inches with long lanky arms. Due
to the length of his arms, he now had difficulty keeping the tempo
on the violin. His instructor moved him to the viola with which he
continued to grow musically.
After high school he entered the Army where he introduced to the bass
guitar where was he found his dream place. After 8 years in the Army,
becoming the father of 4 and money a constant issue there was nothing
for the bass he dreamed of having. Then for his wife gave him for his
birthday a used bass guitar. Within 6 months work with the music
minister at the church he was invited to be on the worship team and
still serves in the music ministry today.
With persistence my son, Jeremy has become a very talented musician.
The highlight for Jeremy was when he part of a semi-pro Christian group
and played before a crowd of over 10,000 people as the opening act for
Casting Crowns, a renown Christian group. I truly believe it was his
love and persistence in music that made him the leader he is today.
I understand it is only in my persistence in studying TGR, writing
lessons for TGRL, being on the calls, doing my self-talk daily, talking
with my mentors, learning the skills and participating in this mastermind
will I find the reward which awaits!
Thanks to Linda and Michael Dlouhy for your persistence in creating
Mentoring for Free. Bob Shoaf, thank you for your persistence in being a
supporting force for me. Thanks to everyone on the weekly calls for
persistently being here and adding value. My deepest gratitude to everyone
who has downloaded Success in 10 Steps and participate with me on this