The essential element to make your wildest dreams come true
You don’t have to be smart, and you don’t have to be born into privilege.
The only thing you need to get all you ever wanted is persistence. Okay, that might be slightly reaching, but if you are really persistent you are 80% of the way there. Let me serve up two examples to support my point.
Meet Jack. He is my three-year-old bundle of joy. The word “no” does not phase him in the least; the word seems to register as “try a different tactic.” He is instantaneously adaptive in his approach. The most flabbergasting part is he seems to have no personal attachment to the word. It doesn’t make him feel like a failure. He isn’t a bundle of anxiety. It seems to have no effect on his desire to continue his pursuit. Looking at him, I think, “ If you can be so bold, surely I can too.”
Success leaves clues. See if you can connect what links all these stories together.
Colonel Sanders had the construction of a new road put him out of business in 1967. He went to over 1,000 places trying to sell his chicken recipe before he found a buyer interested in his 11 herbs and spices. Seven years later, at the age of 75, Colonel Sanders sold his fried chicken company for a finger-lickin’ $15 million!*
Margaret Mitchell’s classic Gone with the Wind was turned down by more than twenty-five publishers. *
Dr. Seuss’ first children’s book, And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street, was rejected by twenty-seven publishers. The twenty-eighth publisher, Vanguard Press, sold six million copies of the book.*
These stories make me feel a sense of loss. When I look back on my life, I realize that so many times when I thought I was trying, I really was not even scratching the surface. I gave up before I began. I don’t think I have ever gotten rejected 25 times.
Lately, I have been working on selling my apartment without a broker. I felt like a world class champion because I successfully pushed it into contract after calling nine times for the final piece of information. Nine times. That was it. I think that might be the most I ever repeatedly asked for the same thing and, truth be told, I was exhausted after the ordeal.
I wonder, “How can something that comes so easily to a three-year-old be such a draining experience for me?” That’s easy. My faulted perception. I expect things to be easy. I am emotionally drained by the word “no.”
But hope springs eternal. Looking forward I see so much possibility. A three-year-old and history have taught me that the most important ingredient to getting what you want out of life is persistence. And not taking action to live the life of your dreams is just too high of a price to pay. Martha Graham says it best:
“There is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist throughout any other medium and will be lost.” – Martha Graham, inventor of modern dance
What could you achieve, if you add nothing else but persistence?
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*A failure to success story from A Cup of Chicken Soup for the Soul by Jack Canfield and Mark V. Hansen