Think & Grow Rich Lessons
Nick Harper Tyler , TX, USA

Posted: 2019-03-27

Chapter 9 Persistence


The Eighth Step toward Riches

PERSISTENCE is an essential factor in the procedure of transmuting DESIRE into its monetary equivalent. The basis of persistence is the POWER OF WILL.

Google defines persistence as:

1.) firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition 

2.) continuing to exist or endure over a prolonged period.


When I think of persistence I think of a young man playing high school basketball…his coach said that he was not good enough to make the varsity team as a sophomore.  The young man said "It was embarrassing not making that team".    "They posted the roster and it was there for a long, long time without my name on it. I remember being really mad, too, because there was a guy who made it that really wasn't as good as me."    The young man threw up a couple of 40-point games for the JV team but never got called up to the varsity as a sophomore. "Never even discussed it," said Ron Coley, one of Herring's assistant coaches on that team. But the young man started growing and he kept working, day after day after day. "He never wanted to lose in anything," said Ruby Smith, a physical education teacher at Laney. "That was in-born into him. I normally get to school between 7 and 7:30. Michael would be at school before I would. Every time I'd come in and open these doors, I'd hear the basketball. Fall, wintertime, summertime. Most mornings I had to run Michael out of the gym." This young man eventually became the greatest NBA player of all time…you guessed it, his name is Michael Jordan.


Hard work and persistence paid off big for Michael Jordan in sports and in life, his estimated net worth today is 1.9 Billion dollars.

I've failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed. – Michael Jordan


Most people give up when they meet with failure, but they don’t realize that failure is only temporary defeat. 


It doesn’t matter how many times you fail. You only have to be right once and then everyone can tell you that you are an overnight success. – Mark Cuban


Thank you Linda and Michael Dlouhy for having the persistence to continue as leaders when times were hard through the 10 years of failure and frustration.  Thank you to each of my friends here at MFF that share your brilliance each and every week.


Nick Harper