Daily Nugget of Gold 810
That One Quality
“Before success comes in any man’s life, he is sure to meet with much temporary defeat, and, perhaps, some failure. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and most logical thing to do is to quit. That is exactly what the majority of men do. More than five hundred of the most successful men this country has ever known told the author their greatest success came just one step beyond the point at which defeat had overtaken them.” – Napoleon Hill
Wow. Napoleon Hill, who spent his lifetime studying and then writing about the most successful people of his time found something that 500 folks who had achieved greatness that there was one important, special ingredient to their own recipe for success. This quote is a good one but it doesn’t name the thing Hill was talking about. Do you know what it is?
“Whenever you make a mistake or get knocked down by life, don’t look back at it too long. Mistakes are life’s way of teaching you. Your capacity for occasional blunders is inseparable from your capacity to reach your goals. No one wins them all, and your failures, when they happen, are just part of your growth. Shake off your blunders. How will you know your limits without an occasional failure? Never quit. Your turn will come.” – Og Mandino
Is quitting a bad thing? It may seem so from the quotes above. We apprehend that there are times when it is entirely desirable to quit. We see two different kinds of quitting, one good and one not very good. Often what happens is we choose a major objective in life and when we meet with temporary failure, we give up on the worthy goal. To us, this seems to be the not-so-good kind of quitting. Why does this happen?
In our own estimation the underlying difficulty here is not so much too small a commitment to the goal, although that could be a factor, we see it as an excessive level of commitment to the method we think that goal should be obtained. If we’re choosing a certain path in the beginning and then quitting when that particular path is blocked, that’s a problem. Many of the greatest discoveries ever made happened quite by accident. Unfortunately, too many of us believe the naysayers and the negative input of the world at large and don’t “keep our eyes on the prize”, as it were.
That one quality is persistence- that’s the one thing the 500 had that others lacked. Persistence means if one path is blocked, you find another way. If one door closes, open another. If one thing won’t work, then cross that thing off your list of possibilities and do something else. Remember, it’s usually the seekers who find what they are looking for.
Make it happen, you will feel so much better about yourself if you do, don’t you agree?
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“What can today I add to my ability to persist?”
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