Perserverance – The Essential Key to Success

Perseverance. A fitting topic to end a successful challenge with. Perseverance is the essential key to achieving success in anything that we do. You can learn all the skills you need, take all the steps you need to take, but if you don’t stick with it, you’ll can’t possibly succeed.

It has been a pleasure to go through this challenge with all of you.  I look forward to following some of your blogs in the future.

Let’s take a look at what perseverance is and how we put it into practice.



What is perseverance?

• Perseverance is commitment, hard work, patience, endurance.
• Perseverance is being able to bear difficulties calmly and without complaint.
• Perseverance is trying again and again.

You show perseverance when you:

• Give up your television or gaming time to spend hours working on your homework or building your
• Try to learn a new skill that is very difficult but you don’t give up
• Keep working even when discouraged
• Come from a home where there is fighting and unhappiness but you still try your best
• Have missed a week of school but you work hard to catch up
• Are at the end of a difficult race but you cross the finish line
• Save money and make sacrifices to buy something
• Spend hours practicing on your music or craft or sport
• Study and work hard to raise your grade
• Try out for something you weren’t successful at the first time

Put perseverance into action

• When something starts to bother you, wait as long as you can before you express frustration.
• When something doesn’t work right, try again and again.
• Don’t lose your temper when something upsets you.
• Always finish what you start.
• Keep working at something that is difficult until you complete it.
• Don’t give up on difficult jobs or situations.
• Focus on someone or something that ordinarily makes you lose your patience and try to understand
it (and don’t “lose it”).
• Work a little harder or a few minutes longer on a task that you do not like.

Here are two quotes from two men who persevered through many difficult times. They were both courageous men who literally had the weight of the world on their shoulders. Luckily for us, they weren’t quitters.

It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer. Albert Einstein

When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Alan Miles - July 31, 2012

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed your posts and your friendship, Julia – and look forward to staying in touch … maybe sharing a project together sometime. I’d love to hear more about the people you’ve been working with – some of the young people who have taken ideas on board … and some who haven’t and how they’ve got on. You might start thinking about a story or two for my blog once I’m through with the current project.
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    Julia - July 31, 2012

    Thank you Alan. I also appreciate the support and friendship with you and plan to remain connected. I’m looking forward to continuing the journey with you and purchasing my first work of art from Coloring The Wind.

Cheri - August 1, 2012

Nice post; it’s a good reminder that things worth having are worth working for. Plus, you had me at Yoda. 😉
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    Julia - August 1, 2012

    Thank you Cheri. Yeah, Yoda is a babe magnet.

Amy Putkonen - August 1, 2012

Hi Julia,

Oh yeah. I went to my kettlebell class tonight and our instructor worked us HARD. I wanted so bad to just lay down and die a mini death, but I did not do it. Why not? The group. I was thinking, when he went into the third minute of that dang plank exercise, that if it was just me in my own home working out, I would not have gone this far. I had a renewed appreciation for his willingness to press us forward. His willingness to push us beyond where we WANT to go is why his classes are packed so tight you can’t even fit in the space. It is a joyous thing.

It has been a pleasure getting to know you through this challenge. I am not going anywhere.
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    Julia - August 1, 2012

    I’m so happy you persevered through that tough sounding workout. I second your sentiment that it’s been a pleasure getting to know you as well. I’ve subscribed to your blog and look forward to your posts. I will be around from time to time. I have to finish an ebook before the end of August but I’ll check in as often as I can. Thank you for a great journey.

Vicki - August 1, 2012

Also look forward to keeping your blog on my reading list. I had some obstacles through The Challenge, but it does feel good to finish! Awesome of you to talk about perseverance today!

    Julia - August 1, 2012

    Thank you Vicki, I thought it was a good topic to end the challenge with since we all made it to the end. I’m definitely paying more and more attention to anti-aging and I’ll be stopping by from time to time.

Gustavo | Frugal Science - August 3, 2012

It’s a very good reminder, Julia. Especially these days when everybody is standing for work less and earn money fast. Great to meet you.

    Julia - August 3, 2012

    Thank you Gustavo, it’s very good to meet you as well. I’m really enjoying your dream experiment and your blog in general.

    Without perseverance we won’t cross the finish line. Those who believe that you can work less and earn money fast are only fooling themselves. Maybe a few people can accomplish that, sort of like winning the lottery, but most of us have to work at our success.

Lynn Baillie - August 3, 2012

Winners don’t give up, that’s for sure. I think the UBC is all about perseverance – days when you just don’t feel like it but you keep going anyway. It really helps concentrate the mind to be part of a joint challenge and to share it with so many fantastic people. I’ve also enjoyed reading your posts and will certainly want to keep in touch.

Congrats on your achievement in UBC – well done. Onwards and upwards 😉
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    Julia - August 3, 2012

    Thank you Lynn. I’ve booked your blog and will stay in touch as well. And I agree, there were days where I had to persevere, I mean really talk myself into posting. I consider it a major accomplishment that I made it the 31 days without fail. I just signed up for the next blog challenge with Michelle that starts Aug. 13. I have a launch coming up soon and I need to get all the little details and nuts and bolts in order before that happens.

    Well done to you as well.

Athena Brady - August 4, 2012

Hi Julia, I really enjoyed your post UBC certainly was a lesson in perservance. I am going to favorite your site now so I can tune in regularly.
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    Julia - August 4, 2012

    Thank you Athena. I’m glad you enjoyed that lesson in Perseverance. I plan to post once a week on Sunday night for now and into the near future so you’ll be able to find my articles on Monday. I’m going to continue the series on Empowering Young Entrepreneurs to Develop an Entrepreneur Mindset. The ebook will be released on September 1 and my new program to teach youth to start an internet business based on their passions and dreams is scheduled for later in the year.

    I hope you will read and leave comments, and be part of the conversation and the entrepreneur mindset.

David Verney - August 5, 2012

This is a great post. The message is important and has made me feel more motivated.

Thanks so much!

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    Julia - August 5, 2012

    Hi David. Nice to meet you. Thank you leaving your comment. I’m delighted to have contributed to your feeling more motivated. Writing these articles has actually helped me find more motivation as well. Stop by again sometime.

The Great Gordino - August 11, 2012

Hi Julia,
Great post – perseverance is such a key element to success. It might not be correct to say that *every* success features perseverance, but the vast majority of them do!
Cheers, Gordon
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    Julia - August 11, 2012

    You are probably right that not every success features perseverance, however, in most cases, it’s an essential element.

      The Great Gordino - August 11, 2012

      I re read my comment, and certainly wasn’t saying you were wrong, which is how it might read.
      I would always put perseverance in my list of essentials, I guess I meant the exceptions that have it naturally happen for them prove by their rarity that the majority of cases need hard work and persistence!

      Look at how many household success that we take for granted came *after* points when most people would have given up!
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        Julia - August 11, 2012

        I didn’t take offense Gordon. I’m always open for debate and/or good conversation that requires thought. And I meant that you are probably right. Some people are successful inspite of themselves and to all appearances, didn’t work that hard or became overnight successes. I do have a strong feeling that if we dig deeper though, we’ll find signs of perseverance :-).

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