Importance of persistence

"It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves."
– William Shakespeare

Man himself and only himself is responsible to be held back from doing things which he wants to do.If you really want to pursue something so badly you'll stop finding excuses and find a way to take action. There are two barriers which usually block you from taking action- Procrastination and lack of persistence.

Procrastination- Procrastination can be a real hindrance to get started in what you'd want to do.There is a simple strategy called the 2 minute-rule which can help crush this habit by making it so easy to take action on the things you should be doing that you can't say no to them. Consider the following instance- You'd want to pursue your dream and test that tech-business idea of yours. But you are not starting it for some reason or the other. Just take the first step and create a website for it and you'll find yourself executing your idea in no time. And you need no more than 2 minutes to get started creating the website. Hope you got my point. This applies to all tasks in your life. Getting started is more important than the goal and you need less than 2 minutes to get started. Once you get started with the first step you'll find it easier to take the second step. Remember Newton's law of motion which said Objects at rest tend to stay at rest and objects in motion tend to stay in motion? This holds true for humans too.

Lack of Persistence- Once you get started persistent action is what you'd need to do what you always wanted to do. If you truly want do do something failures in the initial stage should not cause you to throw your hands up. Look at these examples-

  1. NASA experienced 20 failures in its 28 attempts to send rockets to space. 
  2. Tim Ferriss sent his breakthrough New York Times bestselling book 4 Hour Workweek to 25 publishers before one finally accepted it. 
  3. Henry Ford’s early businesses failed and left him broke 5 times before he founded Ford Motor Company. 
  4. Walt Disney went bankrupt after failing at several businesses. He was even fired from a newspaper for lacking imagination and good ideas. 
  5. Albert Einstein was thought to be mentally handicapped before changing the face of modern physics and winning the Nobel Prize. 
  6. It took Thomas Edison 1,000 attempts before inventing the light bulb. His teachers also told him growing up that he was too stupid to learn anything. 
  7. Dr. Seuss’s first book was rejected by 27 publishers before it was accepted. 
  8. American author Jack London received 600 rejections before his first story was accepted. That is some thick skin! 
  9. Vincent van Gogh sold only one painting in his lifetime, though today, his works are priceless. 
  10. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team for not being good enough. 
  11. J. K Rowling was nearly penniless, severely depressed, divorced, and a single mom, who went to school while writing Harry Potter. Rowling went from needing government assistance to being one of the richest women in the world in a 5-year span through her hard work and PERSISTENCE. 
You got the importance of persistence? Even the best of the best have gone through difficult times. But what made them succeed was there ability to take action and being persistent.Even if things aren't working right for you at this moment, you can always make them work by staying on the right path, having a monomaniacal focus and persistence.

Source of examples: Glidedesign