Our world is controlled by universally consistent principles. If you are having challenges in any area of your life, have you ever bother to find out the principles that control this area? If you are seeking to be successful in your finance, career, business, marital or any other area of your life, you must come to term with the fact that every aspect of our life is guided by universal principles. And more importantly, you must devote resources to understand those principles and how to apply them to your advantage. Unfortunately, only a very few people understand the fact that our world is governed by principles. This explains why we have more unsuccessful people than successful ones in the world. Most of us are only expending our energy and resources without bothering to understand the principles that govern and determine the result of our efforts. Due to lack of recognition and or understanding of these principles, most people actually exert energy working against them. Consequently, they work hard tirelessly and pray with little or no result to show for their efforts. Does it mean God has refused to answer their prayers? No! Their prayers had actually been answered, but the main issue here is that they fail to obey the principles that guide our world. This week, I am going to discuss the principle of persistence. It is one of the vital principles which must be obeyed to achieve success in life.
Principle of Persistence
Persistence is being able to hold on and push ahead whether the result is in line with your expectation or not. According to Napoleon Hill “One of the most common causes of failure is the habit of quitting when one is overtaking by temporary defeat”. This statement buttresses the fact that winners don’t quit, while quitters don’t win. What I am trying to point out here is that, whenever you encounter obstacles and challenges in life, those obstacles and challenges should be treated as part of the life puzzles you must solve. You should not give up your goals and aspirations because of temporary defeat; rather, you must endure and persist. Always keep it at the back of your mind that you are not a failure until you accept defeat and quit. Let me illustrate the importance of persistence with a story titled “Three Feet From Gold” from Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich.
Three Feet From Gold
This is the story of a man by the name R.U Darby and his uncle in the US. His uncle was caught by the gold fever and travelled to the western part of the country during the gold-rush days to dig and grow rich. He staked a claim and went to work with pick and shovel. The going was hard, but his lust for gold was definite.
After weeks of labour, he was rewarded by the discovery of the shining ore. He needed machinery to bring the ore to the surface. Quietly, he covered up the mine, retraced his footsteps to his home in Maryland in the eastern part of the country. He told his relatives and a few neighbours 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 ore was mined and shipped to a smelter. The returns proved they had one of the richest mines in Colorado! A few more cars of that ore would clear the debts. Then would come the big killings in profit.
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 drill 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. Some junk men are dumb, but not this one! He called in a mining engineer to look at the mine and do a little calculation. The engineer advised that the project had failed because the owners are not familiar with the ‘fault line’. His calculation showed that the vein would be found just three feet from where Darbys had stopped drilling! That is exactly where it was found.
The lesson from this story is that, you should not quit any undertaking because of obstacles and challenges that come up along the way. At times, all you need to do is just to consult with people who are more experienced or experts in the area, as the junk man in the story did. Most likely, the outcome of your consultation will either provide the solution to the problem or at the least give you an idea on how to surmount the obstacle. Another way to overcome challenges that can make you accept defeat is to improve your skills through continuous learning. No matter how daunting the obstacle seems to appear, do not abandon that project. Darby and his uncle would have struck the gold again if they had persisted and dug further. Be persistent, the breakthrough is just around the corner. Who knows, maybe you are just one feet from the gold!
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