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The Power of Persistence

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"You have life to live. It's short, at best. It's a wonderful privilege and a terrific opportunity - and you've been equipped for it.   Use your equipment, give it all you've got, work hard and don't quit."   Norman Vincent Peale

Gabriela Andersen-Scheiss, a thirty-nine-year-old runner from Switzerland, demonstrated the meaning of persistence to the entire world in her dramatic finish of the marathon in the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

She had no hope of earning a medal. Her body's tissues were desiccated from the hours of running under a pitiless sun, and she'd fallen twenty minutes behind the leaders. Thirty runners had already completed the 26-mile, 385-yard event when Gabriela came lurching through the tunnel and into the coliseum.

The seventy thousand spectators went to their feet to cheer her on as she staggered in a weaving half-run around the arena. It took five agonizing minutes for her to complete the final lap.

When she finally crossed the finish line and collapsed into the arms of the doctors, the ovation she received was louder and more sustained than the one that had been given to Joan Benoit, the winner of the gold medal. The spectators recognized that, even though Gabriela came in thirty-seventh, she was a winner.

What relationship does that pain-wracked, dehydrated woman's struggle to finish her race bear to your performance as an agent? Plenty!

You are in a race every bit as demanding as a marathon. The conditions are totally different, of course. The crowd that will cheer you on at the end may be small, or even nonexistent. But you must keep running, day after day, even when there's no hope of getting a medal. Why? Because, like Gabriela Andersen-Scheiss, you don't have to be among the top three to be a winner. You simply have to do your best every step of the way and finish as well as you can.

Study the history of any agent who achieves consistent, high-level production, and you will find that persistence played a major role in his or her success.

As Calvin Coolidge put it, "Nothing else in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."

Persistence is a most valuable asset. Individuals who have and use this quality always get somewhere.

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