Persistence is the mother of fortune, nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not, nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not, unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not, the world is full of educated derelicts who quit in there field because of little challenges. Only those with a tenacity never to give up we make the best out of life.
The most essential factor is persistence, the tenacity never to give up and never to allow your energy or enthusiasm to be dampened by the distraction and discouragement that must inevitably come. A drop of rain makes a hole into the rock, not by violence but by persistence falling of the rain. If you want to make your light shine to the fullest in life, you must be a man of persistence, a man that knows no limitation and have no limitation.
Often at times challenges beyond our capacity may arise, but the only gateway to overcome it is our unshakable persistence. Only if you persist that you can resist any problem on your way. If you faint in the days of adversary your strength is little. Don’t quit when you feel defeated, don’t quit when you feel tired, rather press on. Take a good look at what is left of your life and decide to make it count by pressing on.
Consider Thomas Edison by persistence he became an inventor. He said I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. Also, he said, If I find 10,000 ways something won’t work, I haven’t failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward. I hope you see unrecoverable blessing this man brought to his generations through persistence. The tenacity never to quit lies unrecoverable blessing.
Let me share with you the stories from a great author, Napoleon Hill, in one of his best-known book. Think and grow rich.
“Three feet from gold”
An uncle of R. U. Darby was caught by the “gold fever” in the gold rush days and went west to dig. He staked a claim and went to work with pick and shovel.
After weeks of labor, he was rewarded by the discovery of shining Ore. He needed machinery to bring the Ore to the surface. He told his relatives and neighbors of the strike, they got together money for the needed machinery and had it shipped. The uncle and Darby went back to work the mine.
The first car of the Ore was mined and shipped to the smelter. The returns proved they had one of the richest mines in Colorado. Down went the drills! Up went the hopes of Darby and uncle, then something happened. The vein of gold Ore disappeared! They had come to the end of the rainbow, and the pot of gold was no longer there. They drilled on, desperately trying to pick up the vein again, all to no avail.
Finally, they decided to quit. They sold the machinery to a junk man for a few hundred dollars and took the train back home. The junk man called on a mining engineer to look at the mine and do a little calculating. The engineer advised that the project had failed because the owners were not familiar with “fault lines.” His calculation showed that the vein would be found just three feet from where the Darbys had stopped drilling! That is exactly where it was found.
Darbys quit because he failed to persist in drilling. Thomas Edison said, “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up”.
A fifty cent lesson in persistence
One afternoon Darby was helping his uncle grind wheat in an old fashion mill. Quietly, the door was opened and small colored child, the daughter of a talent, walked in and took her place near the door.
The uncle looked up, saw the child and bared at her roughly, “what do you want?” meekly, the child replied, my mommy, says to send her fifty cents. I will do it, the uncle retorted, now you run home. Yas sah, the child replied. But she did not move.
The uncle went ahead with his work, so busily engaged that he did not pay enough attention to the child to observe that she did not leave. When he looked up and saw her still standing there, he yelled at her, I told you to go home! Now go, or I will take a switch to you.
The little girl said, Yas sah, but she did not budge. The uncle dropped a sack of grain he was about to pour the milk hopper and, picked up barrel stave and started toward the child with an expression on his face that indicated trouble. When the uncle reached the spot where the child was standing, she quietly stepped forward one step, looked up into his eyes and scream at the top of her shrill voice, “my mammy gotta have fifty cents!
The uncle looked at her for a minute. Then slowly laid the barrel stave on the floor, put his hand in his pocket, took out half a dollar, and gave it to her. That is how far persistence can take you, sometimes good things don’t come out easily except by the language of persistence. Thomas Edison once said, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
The “impossible” Ford v-8 motor
When Henry Ford decided to produce his famous v-8 motor, he chose to build an engine with the entire eight cylinder cast in one block and instructed his engineers to produce a design for the engine. The design was placed on paper, but the engineers agree to a man, that it was simply impossible to cast an eight-cylinder engine block in one piece.
Ford said, produce it anyway. But, they replied, “it’s impossible!”. Go-ahead Ford commanded, and stay on the job until you succeed, no matter how much time it required.
The engineers went ahead. There was nothing else for them to do if they were to remain on the Ford staff. Six months went by, nothing happened. Another six months passed, and still, nothing happened. The engineers tried every conceivable plan to carry out the orders, but the thing seemed out of the question “impossible”. At the end of the year, Ford checked with his engineers and again informed him they had found no way to carry out his orders.
Go right ahead, said Ford. I want it, and I will have it. They went ahead, and then as if by the time stroke of magic, the secret was discovered.
The Ford tenacity and persistence had won. Deduce from the stories above and think of what persistence has done and how to make your way through it. Thomas Edison said, “Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.”
Those who by persistence make a great path in life.
- Henry Ford started Ford Motor company in his garage.
- Steve Jobs started Apple in a garage
- Michael Dell started Dell computers in his college dorm room
- Sergey Brin and Larry Page started Google in college.
- Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook in college.
- Bill Gates purchased his Microsoft operating system from a small programming company.
All these people made there way through tenacity and persistence. Remember that, persistence is the mother of a great fortune. No great people without great persistence.
AUTHOR: ADENIYI ADEMOLA
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