As humans, our resistance tends to wear down; kids don’t know that, of course…not at first…but they learn without reason; that is, they assimilate the fact that if they ask enough, they will in many instances get what they want. They learn, in other words, to be persistent. And, then, as we get older, for whatever reason, some of us let go of the lesson.
Let me tell you something: Giving up is easy, getting up is hard. One step forward two steps back…and all that but the people who eventually are successful seldom arrived at their success on the first try. And overnight success is almost always anything but.
I went broke, learned my lesson and went on to achieve financial independence…not crazy rich…far from it…but I am proud of myself in this regard. Mostly, I am proud that I was able to muster the perseverance to keep my eyes on the prize for the twenty years it took me to get there.
Perseverance and focus…pretty much all it takes to achieve anything in life…that and a plan, of course. I have written before that failure is not the opposite of success; often, in fact, it is a necessary component of success. Failure is never fatal unless you allow it to beat you; giving up, I think, is the opposite of success.
The door never closes unless you close it. Keep knocking…like a kid who asks you, for the hundredth time, for the candy bar. Keep on keeping on. Living life is a lot like driving at night in that the road ahead reveals itself as you go; perseverance is like driving with the high beams on.