CS002892Persistence and tenacity are the secrets to success. To get anywhere, you have to not give up, keep working, keep striving for the the best. History is full of examples. Henry Ford went broke five times before founding Ford Motor Company. Harland David Sanders of KFC fame, had his secret recipe rejected 1,009 times before a restaurant accepted it. They kept going. Thomas Edison tried 10,000 experiments before succeeding with the light bulb. He kept going. These examples prove that persistence is important to success.

But.

The definition of insanity is trying the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Isn’t that also persistence or tenacity without reflection, without thought? Every time Edison tried an experiment and it didn’t work, he stepped back, evaluated the results, and tried something new. He was persistent but also flexible. He had a goal and he was persistent in trying to achieve that goal but he didn’t just keep trying the same experiment. He changed it to find out what would succeed. Perhaps when Colonel Sanders finally had his recipe accepted, he presented it in a different way, used more descriptive words or provided something new that would lead to success. Then again, maybe he just finally got lucky.

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