My favorite quote – Interpreted. “Failure is the path of least persistence” The concept behind this has real meaning for me in my educational pursuits as well as when I started my online business.
Failure obviously is the opposite of success. But success has many definitions and degrees of success. Something that initially looks like a set-back or failure may actually be a door that closed for a purpose to open another onto a new horizon. But the traditional definition of failure is that crushing depressed prevailing mood of “I didn’t make it.”
Persistence is not just necessarily batting ones head against the same wall until the wall cracks. Persistence is continuing through adversity towards your goals. Having a goal, hitting a road block is a learning experience. How do you face roadblocks? Depression, frustration, open attitude as to why and how? Sometimes the roadblock is the lack of information – plan to get more info e.g. take a class or get a mentor. Sometimes the roadblock is too much information so that you feel overwhelmed – plan to get a mentor to assist you in breaking things down into chewable bites so you can advance.
When I was going through Occupational Therapy education at University of Pittsburgh, I experienced both of these road blocks. Seeking assistance, stating your goals and stating the specifics of blocks are excellent ways to get through to your desired degree. But what if it is not quite so simple? Finding a specific mentor someone you can look up to who has experience and success in a specific area is the most important. Then work with this person to establish the plan and then it is up to YOU to execute it. If you are not persistent in reaching your goal – any time you hit a road block you will be defeated and fail.
Look for mentors in anything you do and when you are moving up, look back and reach back to mentor someone else. Be persistent and support other persistent folks. That is why I became a Senior Marketing Consultant – I want to help others as I have been helped.
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