I finished Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life last night and I will be doing a book review of the book this weekend. As you may be aware of by reading the last few blog posts, I’m a huge fan of this book. It’s arguably one of the best Brian Tracy books I’ve ever read and while closing it out, he left me with one huge take away that really hit home for me…
In the last few chapters, Brian talks about certain traits of courage we must follow to really get the full impact of his message. He talks about being patient, making commitments and dreaming big dreams….But the last trait of courage was the biggest for me.
Staying the course. Persistence. Sticking to something for the long run.
Speaking from personal experience, I was beyond stubborn. When I was getting my business started almost 2 decades ago I heard it from everywhere. From family. From experts. Give up and get a real job they would say, you will never make it online…
No joke, these were actual family members and close friends telling this to my ear.
And you know what, it almost worked. I almost gave everything up. And when you are making scraps and going into deeper and deeper debt, you really couldn’t blame anyone for second guessing themselves.
But there was something inside telling me not to quit. I keep hearing….“Persist! Be stubborn and stay the course.”
I have to give credit to two guys that really helped me as well, Rich Taylor and Michael Russell (they know who they are). These guys became my mentors and when they told me….”Jon, stick to this. In a decade from now if you keep at it, you’ll be a success!”
That small piece of encouragement helped me regain my focus and stay the course with my online businesses. Since then, I’ve been able to develop solid online income and have been blessed to be able to work from home since 2003 full time.
Persistence was the key. We must be able to persist longer! Also be around good people that encourage you to grow daily, this high school drop out actually made something of himself.
But I won’t stop. I can’t. Simply put, I owe it to those people that DO believe in me to stay the course and grow everyday!
Be stubborn about your success. Persist longer!