When it comes to success, persistence is a secret weapon. Especially these days.
In this era of microwaves and text messages and 24-hour news stations, we expect immediate results. We worship the idea of overnight success and lament when it doesn’t come our way, overlooking the reality that the overnight successes we are trying to emulate are ten years (or more!) in the making.
When you begin any project, whether it is becoming a parent, writing a book, losing weight, training for a marathon, cleaning your garage, or starting a business, you have the advantage of enthusiasm on your side. You are excited to begin and the image of success is crystal clear. But when doing anything worthwhile, you will eventually encounter roadblocks. They will deflate you, discourage you, and disenfranchise you. You will doubt your original vision, your sanity, and whether you really even wanted it in the first place. These are facts.
When it gets hard is when most people give up.
If you want to be an overnight success, you’ve got to be persistent.
You’ve got to be like peanut butter.
[ The Persistence of Peanut Butter. Acrylic on newspaper. 8 x 10 inches. ]