Perseverance is a virtue that does not come naturally to everyone. It needs to be continually cultivated and nourished in order to fully develop.
In my career, I have had the exciting opportunity to meet a diverse range of people. An intriguing difference between these individuals is their ability to succeed or not succeed. Upon reflection, I have concluded that the main contributing factor to their success has been their perseverance to keep moving forward despite failure.
I personally am a quick starter and find myself flying off the starting post at full speed. I generally make a few laps around the track before I start to stagger, and lose some motivation. In these times of weariness, when I feel myself losing motivation, I remind myself of my failures.
You might ask yourself, why think about failures when you are losing motivation? The fear of failure is often what gets in the way of making that first step off the starting post. I believe without failures, one cannot learn how to succeed. The biggest lessons that I have learned in life have been through my failures and during those challenging times, I learned how to succeed.
As Thomas Edison said, “I have not failed 10,000 times. I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving that those 10,000 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work.”
If you do not give up, you cannot fail. Use your past failures as a memory of an opportunity to grow and persevere for future success.
Career advice from:
Manager of First Impressions & Recruiting
Marketers on Demand Inc.