It looks like I am making this decoding like a mega serial. However, I will talk about this “P” only separately and may combine the rest of them in one single article next week.
I was kind of confused on which word amongst the below three I should choose. I saw in webster’s the meaning.
- Patience – The quality of enduring without complaint. The exercise of sustained perseverance.
- Persistence – To continue in some course, state despite opposition or difficulties
- Perseverance – To persist in any purpose or enterprise.
I liked Persistence slightly better and it seemed to encompass the other two.
I would like to define persistence as a heightened sense of tenacity. It means that once you sign up for something it is generally next to impossible to make you give up on that.
I like this quote from Will Smith, the famous Holly wood Actor.
“The only thing that I see that is distinctly different about me is: I’m not afraid to die on a treadmill. I will not be outworked, period. You might have more talent than me, you might be smarter than me, you might be sexier than me. You might be all of those things. You got it on me in nine categories. But if we get on the treadmill together, there are two things: You’re getting off first, or I’m going to die. It’s really that simple.”
“I will not be outworked, period” is an important observation.
To achieve anything of significance, we need to be at it continuously, navigating the ups and downs along the way.
We all know the story of Bruce the Spider
If you want real life stories, read how ISRO was perceived couple of decades back and how it is perceived now.
Whether you like it or not, look at the Indian Cricket Team and even the business entity behind it. BCCI.
Don’t you think it is the combination of the three P’s (Pride, Practice, and Persistence) we have discussed so far?
I have the couple of P’s that I want to cover before you get tired of the “P’s”!
Talking about persistence, in my own life, many times I have felt “If I had just gone that extra mile … and if I had just increased my doggedness, I could have improved situations or made better the lives of certain people”. I have walked away from situations which in hindsight I felt, that if I had just stuck on for a slightly longer time, the results would possibly have been better.
I also cannot help, but notice a generational shift. Everyone in the current generation wants everything to be instantaneous, but real good stuff happens over a slightly longer period of time.
Life is easier if we view it as a marathon run in sprints and to sustain the sprints require a great deal of persistence.
I may be biased here, but I generally watch out for those lone warriors, who stick their butts to the seats to solve something that they have taken up without anyone else instigating them to do so. You can see them being there after you have left for the day, and you can see them when you come into the office the next day. When you see that happening, you see a certain trait of persistence in that warrior which you can help develop consciously. This will not be one-off and you can see them repeat this behavior frequently. You would agree that even your respect would go a notch up for someone who is focussed on consciously upping their game through effort.
What do you think are the remaining ‘P’s?
Enjoy Maadi (Have Fun)