Success and Persistence are Good Friends – Insights from the Wilderness #60

Click here to listen to Dick read this NuggetWe listen to a great violinist play a beautiful piece of music and we “wish” we could play like that. We tell ourselves they are “lucky” to be so musically talented.

You and I might not have the “gifts” to become a famous violinist, but we all have our “gifts” and we all have our dreams. The only question is…..are we willing to persistently work to make those dreams reality.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard someone describe a successful person as “lucky”. They don’t see the years of hard work, training, education and unending persistence that was necessary for that person to achieve their “luck”.

Success and Persistence“Lady Luck” comes to us when we have spent years of persistence and preparation getting ready for the day she enters our life. Without that preparation and persistence we rarely see her when she walks past us.

If you want to be successful, you will need to develop the skill of persistence…..not just wishing for your lucky break.

I have a friend who said he was going to go back to college for a degree in Naturopathic Medicine. He was well into his 50’s. Everyone said he was crazy, he was too old, it would be too expensive, too hard……the list went on and on.

His persistence led to success.

It took him five years, but today he is a Doctor with a very successful practice in Naturopathic Medicine. He is living the life he once only dreamed about living.

I read one time that before they became successful millionaires, 95% of all the millionaire’s in our country had experienced at least one or more major financial failures, including bankruptcy. Their success was based on persistence….never letting go of their dreams.

Abraham Lincoln is another great example of persistence. Not all of the “failures” attributed to him are accurate, but his life is certainly a story of persistence and a life-long drive to be successful.

The ability to dream big dreams is common. Almost all of us have them. But it is only the person who is willing to take action, and persistently walk step by step toward their dream no matter how long or difficult the journey, that will successfully bring their dreams into reality.

There are no short cuts to success. If success wasn’t hard work, if it didn’t require persistence and a tenacious desire to achieve our dreams, everyone would be successfully living their dreams……..instead of just dreaming “about” them.

I have yet to meet a successful person who hasn’t told me that at the beginning of the journey they had to undertake to reach their dream, the path seemed daunting and impossible. But all of them said they were amazed at how quickly the time flew-by once they put their head down and began walking step by step toward their goal.

If you have a dream, don’t let anyone tell you it can’t become real.

I once read a great metaphor about life. It was a story about crabs trapped on a plate. It seemed that every time one of the crabs would try to escape and leave the plate, the other crabs would pull it back into the center of the plate.

They were trapped by their friends….destined to live-out their lives on a small plate.

Those who would have you abandon your dreams are the crabs in your life. They are often well-meaning people, but their fear of life will kill your dreams if you listen to them.

So go for it. Get off the plate. Don’t regret not having reached for your dream.

If we can dream it, we can create it. All it takes is a deep desire and a “one-step- at-a-time” persistence.

Dick Rauscher


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