People who become the leaders of their lives instead of going with the flow and accepting the leftovers that life throws at them understand the power of perseverance.
Earl Nightingale, American radio host and author says: “Sometimes there seems to be a hidden guide somewhere whose duty it is to put men and women to the test through all kinds of daunting experiences. Those who get up and keep trying after they get knocked down. It’s a weird thing, but it works. And this hidden guide doesn’t allow anyone to enjoy a great achievement without passing the persistence test, apparently. And those who can’t take it just don’t pass the qualification. ” (From the book “Transformational Living” by Earl Nightingale)
Nightingale continues: “And those who can accept it are rewarded handsomely for their perseverance. They receive as compensation whatever goal they pursue. And that’s not all, because they receive something infinitely more important than material compensation, although they get it. But they are given. Realize that every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent advantage. There are exceptions to this rule. Some people know from experience the strength of perseverance. They are the ones who have not accepted defeat as more than temporary. They are the ones whose desires they are applied so persistently that defeat has finally turned into victory. “
W. Clement Stone tells the story of Tom, “who was born without half a right foot and only a stump of his right arm. As a child, he wanted to participate in sports like other children did. He had a burning desire to play tag. Because of this desire, his parents made him an artificial foot. It was made of wood. The wooden foot was encased in a special chubby soccer shoe. Hour after hour, day after day, he practiced kicking the ball. soccer with his foot He was trying, and kept trying, to score field goals from long distances. He became so skilled that he was hired by the New Orleans Saints. “
Nightingale says, “What would you say are the chances of a person playing professional football if they were born without half a right foot and a withered arm?”
66,910 soccer fans were heard screaming “as Tom Dempsey, with his crippled leg, kicked the longest field goal ever kicked in a professional soccer game, in the final two seconds of the game, to give the Saints a winning score of nineteen. to seventeen the Detroit Lions. “
Detroit coach Joseph Schmidt said: “We were beaten by a miracle.”
The truth of the matter was that “perseverance defeated them.”
Tom Dempsey was persistent and willing to do the hard work to achieve his goal. He fell in love with the process of being the best kicker he could be. Even though he had different abilities than his teammates; he was determined, with a positive attitude, always looking forward!
How strong is your burning desire to achieve your goal? If you created a 3-step process, what would it look like? What is your first step?
Gayle Benson, owner of the Saints, says: “Tom’s life spoke directly to the power of the human spirit and exemplified his determined determination not to let setbacks keep him from pursuing his dreams and aspirations. He exemplified the same struggle and strength in past years as he bravely battled disease, but never wavered and maintained his trademark sense of humor. He holds a special place in the hearts and minds of the Saints family. “
Tom Dempsey continued to be an inspiration to others until his death in 2020, and his legacy lives on.
We have all felt a pang of regret when we have given up on a difficult task, knowing that we have somehow changed our true potential. On the contrary, most of us have felt the joy of a hard-won victory when the future looked bleak.
Earl Nightingale, read “on the great Knute Rockne of Notre Dame who believed and applied, the rewards of perseverance”
“He had a blood clot in his leg and his doctors told him that if that blood clot dislodged, it could kill him if it landed in his heart, brain or lungs. But the Notre Dame team was playing away from home that day.” , and insisted that they take him to the game on a stretcher. Then they took him to the place where the game was to be played. And they took him down to the locker room where his players were preparing for the game. running down his face and he was in terrible pain and he got up on his elbows with a tremendous effort and said, “This team that you’re playing with today beat us last year.”
“I want you to go out and win.” Then he said: “The team that cannot be beaten, cannot be beaten.”
Rockne “then fell back on his gurney, out of breath and in terrible pain, and the team went out and won the game, and they never lost another game as long as Knute Rockne was alive, because when they saw the kind of courage he had he was able to develop, how persistently he fought to win even though his back was turned, he made men giants. “
Nightingale: “And the people who stay out of life see the overwhelming number of people who fall in defeat never to rise again. They see the few who take the punishment of defeat as an impulse to a greater effort. And these, fortunately, never learn to accept the reversal of life, but what we do not see, what most of us never suspected existed, is the silent but irresistible power that comes to the rescue of those who continue to fight against to discouragement “.
“Now if we talk about this power, we call it persistence and we leave it at that. One thing we all know, if you don’t have persistence, you can’t achieve any remarkable success in any vocation.”
To achieve your goal or dream, ask yourself these three questions:
1) Do you have a burning desire to achieve your goal or dream?
2) What is your step-by-step process to achieve your goal or dream?
3) Are you willing to be persistent and do the job like Tom Dempsey?