The 8th Principle towards Riches; Persistence
Next to the word Persistence in the dictionary, are we likely to see a picture of you? How is your persistence nowadays? Is it at your core, or are you more likely to quit or give up when you encounter push-back, resistance or rejection?
Carbon, when added to iron in certain measures, strengthens the iron, making steel. Steel pretty much holds up every building worldwide. Carbon makes the steel harder and stronger. Without the right amount of carbon, everything collapses or becomes brittle.
Every successful person in business or life encounters challenges. On your path to success, you will too. What will matter is the principle of Persistence. It’s your ability, backed by a burning desire to push on and to keep going, even when you feel like you’re losing or that the world is against you. If the thing you desire to do or change is good, then persist!
The blind beggar
Bartimaeus sat by the roadside because he knew Jesus would pass that way. He knew that Jesus would restore his sight.
By chance, Jesus passed by with a large crowd. When he heard him, he began shouting out in a way that the others judged unbecoming, saying: “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
And he repeated this so many times. This irritated many and they shouted him down ordering him to be quiet immediately. But Bartimaeus was not the type to be silenced like that. He persisted and shouted all the louder to make his point to Jesus.
Since he could not give up, Jesus heard his voice through the noise of the crowd. More people shouted the man down, but he persisted. The Bible tells us that when Jesus called him, the man showed the kind of determination which impressed Jesus.
Jesus asked, “What do you want me to do for you?”
The blind man answered: “My teacher let me see again”. Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well”. Immediately, the man regained his sight and followed Jesus.
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When funds are low and the debts are high
And you want to smile but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won if he'd stuck it out.
Don't give up, though the pace seems slow,
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
When he might have captured the victor's cup,
And he learned too late, when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are
It may be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit
It's when things seem worst, that you mustn't quit.