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When All Else Fails: Persevere!

‘Many historians feel that one of Winston Churchill’s greatest speeches was given at the graduation ceremony at Oxford University. He had worked on the speech for hours. When the moment finally came, Churchill stood up to the cheering crowd, and in a strong, clear voice shouted just three words, “NEVER GIVE UP!” He paused a few seconds and then shouted the words again, “NEVER GIVE UP!” He then reached for his hat and slowly walked off the podium, satisfied that he had told the graduates the messages they needed to succeed.’
-Michele Borba, Ed.D.

Perseverance. That’s the character trait my son is currently learning in his Karate class…the character trait of a Black Belt. Of course, he just started out at the bottom with a white belt, so perseverance is something he’s going to need to develop as he longs to become a ‘Master.’ I love his enthusiasm, and hope that the journey along the way will leave him with a satisfaction that he reached his goal. It’s going to take a lot of work…perhaps some good ol’ blood, sweat, and tears. It’s going to take some diligence. But anything worth while is worth working towards.

The same holds true for business. I see so much excitement from newcomers joining into the latest ‘MLM’ or home based business opportunity, but down the road wonder what happened to them along the way. Their passion fizzled out…or worse, they burned out (or on some occasions, they joined a corrupt start up company that took their money & ran). They try to jump from business to business hoping to find the ‘best fit.’

Funny thing is, sometimes the best opportunity for us is the one staring us in the face. It’s the one that we get into, but don’t stay in long enough to build. Business Success (or any for that matter) takes time…and a lot of effort. There will be bumps along the road…people who promised to work alongside us will burn out & drop out. Will we jump ship at the slightest sight of opposition or feeling of doubt? Or will we keep on working it, giving it our personal best, even when we’ve reached exhaustion?

Christopher Morley said it best: ‎’The big shots are only the little shots who keep shooting.’

Read that again. Let it sink in.

The great leaders of our industry did not know everything. They did not have superhero powers. They did not have all the goods…they simply did the best with what they had and they PERSEVERED! NEVER GIVE UP!

Get up daily with an attitude of gratitude (I start my day in prayer & meditation on God’s Word). Say aloud to yourself, “I CAN do this!” Find a mentor who will inspire you to go the distance! And when you feel like you can’t give anymore, GET UP and do it again!

If you’d like to get off the fence, and start working towards your financial/career dream, join Team Mark and Jerry…we are a group of COMMITTED marketers who will help you succeed. OR give me a call: Mark Stephens 909.528.4079.


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