Growing up one of my greatest influences was my grandmother. She was a pure blooded 100% Italian woman. If you have an Italian grandmother, or know one, then you know they are the boss! She was short in stature, which is why she was called Dolly. She was also a successful business woman. She owned a beauty salon called Dolly’s Beauty Salon. Her dream was to own a beauty salon. She was one of 13 children and grew up poor. It was her upbringing that made her determined. Determination was one of the things she taught me, and would often tell me to never take no for an answer. It was from my grandmother that I learned to be pleasantly persistent.
In life there are always set backs, challenges, and road blocks. You could say that life just isn’t fair at times. The truth is life isn’t fair. To expect otherwise just is not realistic.
To often in life people want things handed to them. If they don’t get the job they want, the promotion they were seeking or business doesn’t succeed right away they give up. It’s when you face these challenges you find out the type of person you are.
Years ago I interviewed for my first corporate level management job. During the first of several interviews for the position the interviewer asked me what separates you from the other candidates. Those kinds of questions always put you on the spot. Typical responses are “hard worker,” “problem solver,” and “eager to learn.” The response I gave was pleasantly persistent. She gave me a curious look, then wrote it down and asked me if she could use that expression.
Determination is a trait one needs to be successful. It needs to be done in a pleasantly persistent manner. Persistence is persevering in a constantly repeated manner. The key is to be pleasant in your approach. No one likes to deal with an annoying person. When you are pleasing and enjoyable in your pursuit of a job or opportunity you will find favor with others. It’s when you take this approach that people take notice and will reward you for your effort.
Investing and saving for retirement requires persistence as well. Take the Rule of 72. The Rule of 72 is a simple way to determine how long an investment will take to double, given a fixed annual rate of interest. You divide 72 by the annual rate of return (i.e. 72/8%=9 years), and this is an estimate of how many years it will take for the initial investment to double. Persistence is an important part of investing. Might as well be pleasantly persistent, and allow your wealth to grow. New Freedom Financial can help you implement a plan that is pleasant during your investing years. A plan that removes the stress that comes with stock market gyrations and losses, and keeps you right on target.
The truth is… the world does not owe you anything. It does not owe you a job, a raise, a business opportunity, benefits, or anything. You have to earn it. That is not to say that unfair things do not happen, but remember life is not fair. Go after whatever you are pursuing with kindness, joy, and a smile. Your challenges will be less frustrating and the right door will open for you. Be pleasant. Be Persistent. Be pleasantly persistent!