STOPPING 3 METERS FROM GOLD
Emre set out to commenced mining gold on a new site he discovered. He was so happy to start mining. Even before extracting the smallest of dusts, he had made contingent plans to live luxuriously. He gathered a few neighbors and commenced digging. After digging tirelessly for months, the quantity they’ve been able to extract wasn’t up to their expectation. They continued for couple more weeks and finally called it quit when they could no longer persevere. Emre put up the site for sale. Steve, an expert in the business, saw the advert and took professionals to the site for inspection. Emre sold the site for £10 million. “ooh what a great deal, I’m pretty sure those people don’t know what they are buying to pay such a huge sum” he exclaimed with a blithe heart. Steve started excavation and he started extracting huge chunk of gold just 3 meters from where Emre called it quit!
Have you ever set goals or envisage something bright and end up disappointed? Don’t beat yourself up if you had such experience. It’s a normal life phenomenon. We only lack a key nugget of success called PERSEVERANCE. How vital is perseverance? It is what keeps us going at the face of adversities. It’s the driving force when results aren’t going our way. It’s a mindset never to give up. It’s the determination to win regardless of what we face. Many of us stopped 3 meters from gold because we lacked perseverance.
Perseverance is everything that brings us very close to achieving success. It does not only bring us close to success but helps achieve it. Whatever is your definition of success, Perseverance is a must have spirit to win the battle. The best things in life requires great effort, neither do they come easy. Perseverance is what keeps you going through hell, knowing you will get to heaven. John shipp said it best “Perseverance is stubbornness with a purpose”. Many would have won, only if they realized how close they were to success when they gave up.
Our lives are filled with obstacles, disappointments, failure and problems. No one can do without them. They are what make life worthwhile. Perseverance is an attitude to be built. But it can’t be built when we do not acknowledge obstacles as part of our lives. The acknowledgement helps build the armor faster. The stumbling blocks are not there to keep us out – they are test of our desire to show how badly we desire our goals. The block only stops people who don’t desire it enough. The question is, how badly do you desire success?
Many see Perseverance as suffering but it’s not when you know your purpose. When you know why you are you persevering, you are purpose oriented. Why are you passing through storm? It’s because you have a dream you won’t stop at nothing to achieve. What’s the purpose of water cutting through mountain and rocks? It is because it has a destination. Perseverance is what makes water cut through mountains even when it got rejected countless number of times. There’s no time lapse in life. It’s not about speed but knowing you shall get there someday. It is better slow than quitting!
You may encounter many defeats-don’t be defeated. The man who moved mountain began by carrying any small stones – Confucius. Your efforts will release its reward only after you refuse to quit. The will to persevere is often the difference between failure and success. Never let the odds keep you from fulfilling destiny. It all seems impossible until you get it done. Obstacles can’t stop you, problems can’t stop you and neither can circumstances. The only one who can stop you is yourself.
To me, there are only 2 rules in perseverance:
1) Don’t give up
2) See rule number 1!
He is a passionate and energetic writer who is committed to making dreams come through. He is devoted to helping people actualize their dreams. He’s from Ogun State. He’s an Associate Accounting Technician, West Africa. A student member of the Institute of chartered Accountants of Nigeria. He is always ready to be of service, that’s why many know him as Obsequious.
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