When You Feel Like Giving Up . . . Don’t !

Steve here. I’m convinced life delights in seeing just how badly we want to achieve our dream – just how persistent we will be. Road blocks, frustrations, people don’t see your vision, things don’t get done when promised. We all face that, but it is particularly true for the gal or guy embarked on starting up their own company or professional practice. I believe life has another purpose too – to build your character as we stand against obstacles with persistence and patience. That was certainly true as I was building my start-up companies. It is even true as I work with non-profit enterprises.

One time I had convinced a division head to have his department heads participate in an encounter program. One of his department heads wanted nothing to do with it. Finally we met in the boss’ office. The department head was adamant. His people were different. It wouldn’t work for them. I responded with how this would benefit them personally. Back he came with another reason why it wouldn’t work. And again I calmly responded with another benefit. Finally he ran out of objections and the boss said “OK, let’s do it!”

Years later the boss told me he had learned a great lesson from observing my persistence. It changed the way he approached obstacles. Oh, BTW, the department people loved it, and many lives were changed!

Thomas Edison once was criticized for believing he could pass electric through a proper filament and generate light. Here is what he said “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” So, if you are tempted to stop, why not give it one more tweak or one more slightly different try? It could break everything wide open for you! Take heart – go for a walk, clear your head, say a prayer. A new day is coming. Our “Paint ourself a New Life” course can give you a jump start. Look into it. Need more encouragement? Thomas Edison also said “Our greatest weakness is in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” More next post.

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