4 Steps to Developing Persistence

“Every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent advantage.”  Napoleon Hill


If 5% of all people learn from others’ experiences and 10% learn from their own experiences.

What is going on with the other 85%?

Do they eventually settle for way less than they really had to?

What would need to be in place for them to GET UP and keep on keeping on?


Recently I had the privilege of hearing several incredible millionaire success stories and the messages went something like this.

1) We are just ordinary people
2) When we started we really didn’t know how, we just knew what wasn’t working before
3) Each step we took was better than the last one so we knew it was possible.
4) Some things we really don’t like doing, however we wanted what we wanted more so we just did it.
5) We did everything our mentors told us to do or not to do.
6) We kept doing what we knew was the right thing to do for others.
7) We quit often and got back in the game one more time than we got out of it.
8) We made it about helping others before anything else.

As I reflect back on my successes I found myself saying many of these same messages, what about you?

I have had the pleasure of coaching hundreds of business leaders and have listened to numerous stories of how they developed a habit of throwing in the towel before they even start. The idea is killed, dead and buried before the first step is executed. No real opposition existed, except within their own mind. Some give up at the first obstacle and others move forward for awhile longer and then call it quits.

As we explore areas where they have had incredible success. persistence was evident, just not this time.

What was missing for them? What may be missing for you?

Given ”Think and Grow Rich” is one of my top 5 books to read and study, I decided to revisit Napoleon Hills chapter on Persistence. He writes that there are 4 steps for developing persistence and they call for NO great amount of intelligence, NO particular amount of education, and but little time or effort.

These 4 Steps for Developing Persistence.

1. A Definite Purpose backed by a burning desire for its fulfillment
2. A Definite Plan, expressed in continuous action
3. A Mind Closed tightly against all negative and discouraging influences, including negative suggestions of relatives, friends and acquaintances
4. A Friendly Alliance with one or more persons who will encourage one to follow through with both plan and purpose.

Which of these is your greatest challenge?

Who is mentoring you through your challenges and encouraging you to stay in the game, to persist with passion?