Persevere

Perseverance is a factor which often separates those who are successful from those who are not.

Persevere

Perseverance is a factor which often separates those who are successful from those who are not.  If their desired outcomes are not achieved – successful people won’t wait around for someone else to solve the problem, they will take responsibility and take action to find appropriate solutions themselves.  Part of this is having the expectation from the outset and the determination to work through all setbacks, and deal with them in a positive and constructive manner to reach the required outcome.

 Kentucky Fried Chicken Story – Colonel Sanders - Founded 1952

When Colonel Sanders decided to start his fried chicken franchise business at the age of 65, he went to different restaurants offering them the opportunity to sell his chicken recipe.  According to legend, he was turned down 1,009 times before Pete Harman, of South Salt Lake, Utah, entered into an agreement with him.  His perseverance enabled him to create KFC, now one of the largest fast food franchises in the world with 18,875 outlets in 118 countries and annual sales, in 2013, of $23billion. 

Similarly, Thomas Edison, American inventor of the light bulb and co-founder of General Electric, is reputed to have said of his unsuccessful attempts ‘I have not failed.  I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.

One of my colleagues, Rupert Guppy, originally sent an application to do a two week work experience with E3 Consulting. Upon not getting a response, he persevered and resent it.  He then phoned to check that it had been safely received.  It was with this second application and with his perseverance that he was able to get the job.  His initial two weeks’ work experience subsequently developed into a summer placement. 

Upon returning to University, he then worked with E3 Consulting one day a week and, for a period after that, full time. Though he had been studying for a non-cognate degree (French and Politics), through his time with E3 he became interested in training as a Surveyor, and is now a Senior Property Tax Surveyor with E3 Consulting some 7 years on.

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