Successful People Persevere

“Successful people must have it SO easy! I mean, if they encountered all the same obstacles, distractions, set-backs and discouragements as the rest of us… well… they would be in the same boat as everyone else!”

^^ Hopefully, this statement above made you chuckle. Unfortunately, for far too many people in the world, it is part of their philosophy; what they believe and hold to be true about success and the people who achieve it.

The problem with success stories is, as outsiders, we only see the triumph. We see the moment on the podium. The dance in the end zone. The final handshake as the deal is closed.

What we don’t see is the blood, sweat and tears, the sleepless nights, the days of worry, of doubt, of discouragement.

We don’t see the failures, the ridicule that happened along the way, or the times when each person asked themselves, “Why am I doing this?”

Yes, the problem with success stories is they are also the stories of the biggest failures.

We just don’t see it.

Successful people persevere. It’s their MO. It’s a part of who they are!

When I think back to anything I have in life that was worth getting, I am brought back to the moments when I thought it was never going to happen.

I think about my growing team, that check that arrives in my mailbox each month, and the hundreds of people I get to work with every day, and I am reminded of the time I calculated my “hourly wage” and discovered it was less than a penny an hour.

I think about standing in the middle of the arena with my horse, Kenney, after we had won our first blue ribbon and earned a qualifying score for championships, and I am reminded of the days I drove home from the barn… tears running down my face… because he had been so uncontrollable I couldn’t even get on him that day.

I think about the house we live in, the cars we drive and the vacations we get to take, and I am reminded of the nights my husband spent in the office, looking over the books of the company he had just taken over and wondering if the numbers would ever add up.

The only difference in “then” and “now” is time + perseverance. The refusal to give up. The refusal to quit. The belief that success, if the path was not abandoned, was ¬†inevitable.

So today… if you are discouraged, down-trodden and wondering if you can take another step, then I encourage you to look up… grit your teeth… and put one foot in front of the other.

Never give up.

Never give in.


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