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There is a certain quality of character that I think is being lost in this fast-paced age of information in which we live and that quality is persistence. As our world gets faster so do our expectations and we are becoming a generation of impatient people.

So many things are so easily at our fingertips and we have come to expect “instant gratification” in so many areas of our lives.

Computers and the Internet are a good example: we want information and within moments we have answers to our questions and inquiries. Unfortunately, this kind of instant respond does not work in all areas of our lives. …

Some things take time.

It takes time to learn things, time to develop skills, time to produce something of value.

Some of these things we can get instantly if we have the money or resources to trade for them. But if we don’t have the resources, then we have to trade our precious time to get the things we want or desire.

When it comes to personal achievement or business or marketing success, the time we have to trade to produce the desired results can seem to drag on forever. It weighs heavy on our shoulders and we sometimes feel like we are making no progress at all.

Personal DevelopmentOne problem I often see in this age of instant expectation is people getting impatient with the time it takes to create a foundation for success and quitting before their efforts have had time to be fruitful. They quit, and start something new. Quit, and start something new. Over and over again.

They place blame and make excuses, but fail to see that if they were just a little more persistent they might eventually achieve their goals without having to make so many new starts.

Here is a quote that I often think of when something seems to be taking longer for me than I was hoping or expecting:

“When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet, at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before.”

~ Jacob Riis ~

If we have a vision, a goal and a plan, and if we are sufficiently persistent, we will make progress and we will achieve our goal. Quitting won’t get us there. Frequent new starts won’t get us there.

Focus and persistence will get us there.

Do you have a goal that seems to be taking too long? Don’t give up. Keep chipping away at it. One day you will make that final strike that will achieve the purpose and all the work you put into it up until that point will prove to have been worthwhile.

Keep chipping away.

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* You might also enjoy these Personal Development posts:

~ How to Raise Happy, Healthy, Self-Confident Children

~ Tune Up Your Talents to Hit Your Target

~ The Secret to Extraordinary Personal Achievement

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