Top 10 Reasons Why You’ll Want to Practice Persistence

Do you have persistence? Persistence is the act of working hard and trying again and again until you achieve what you’ve set out to achieve.

Consider the following benefits of Persistence:

  1. You’ll become an expert. Chances are the first time you try something you might not be good at it. However, once you’ve completed the same task multiple times, you’ll soon become better and better, becoming an expert at the task in the process. According to Malcolm Gladwell, in his book Outliers, if you practice a skill for 10,000 hours, there is a good chance you’ll become an expert at that skill.
  2. Persistence will motivate you to try harder. When you try and try, you’ll move a little closer to your goal with each attempt. This will help motivate you as it will show that this effort makes a difference.
  3. Persistence is a sign of ambition. Only those who are truly ambitious are able to bring persistence into their daily lives. This is why the most successful people you know are also those who are most persistent.  Most successful people have failed at least once, but this did not stop them from achieving success. With each failure, they learned what they needed to do differently the next time they tried. Eventually, they succeeded, which would never have happened had they become discouraged at the first sign of failure.
  4. You’ll set a good example. Whether you are setting an example for your work colleagues or your children, if they see that you are not willing to give up when you face adversity, they will be more inclined to try harder at their own challenges. Become a role model and those around you will become more consistent and hard-working too.
  5. Persistence teaches you the value of success. Being successful takes time, patience and effort. No one ever became successful without making some sacrifices and being persistent with their time and efforts. There is no such thing as an overnight success story. Most examples of so-called “overnight success” stories were as a result of putting in years of effort and hard work to finally reap the rewards of success.
  6. Persistence gives you vital experience. When you are persistent, you learn that each failure gives you another opportunity to learn and grow. With each failure, you’ll become more resilient and more resourceful. You’ll also learn how you can overcome any challenge.
  7. You become more aware of your weaknesses. To achieve success at anything, it’s important to understand your weaknesses. When you look at your failures, you’ll discover your faults and learn what you need to work on to become successful. The most successful leaders also tend to be highly self-aware, knowing and understanding their strengths as well as their weaknesses. This allows them to leverage their strengths and seek team members with strengths they themselves don’t have.
  8. People judge you on your consistency. When you are persistent, you also develop consistency. Many people look for this trait, whether in the workplace or in your personal life. They want to know that you’ll work hard, can be counted on to do what needs to be done on a regular basis.
  9. You’ll learn that things that come easy bring little reward. More difficult tasks may require a little more work and greater consistency, but they offer much greater rewards as well. Generally, you’ll be much more appreciative of hard-won achievements than you will of things that came with little effort. Isn’t it worth making that little extra effort to achieve much greater rewards and personal fulfillment?
  10. Most importantly, you’ll be able to create the life you desire. With persistence, you’ll be able to sail through life’s setbacks. You’ll seek solutions to overcome your challenges and keep moving forward to build a life that satisfies you.

Persistence is important, as rarely anything worth having in life comes without it. Most often, you’ll have to work for what you want.

Being persistent will give you the opportunity to achieve anything you set your mind to.

Interested in becoming more persistent through coaching? Please call Linda at 416-617-0734 or email

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