Patience, Persistence and Perseverance are the Keys to Success

Published: Apr 4th, 2021 05:27 pmBy MAHADEVAN MUDALIAR

Patience Persistence and perseverance are essential for achieving any goal, personal or professional.

Success is the result of working the process that is necessary for the time that is required.

Patience is the strength of will to navigate the obstacles and the  challenges that may come your way as you go through the process.

Patience is essential because there will be problems. There will be people who irritate you and situations that frustrate you. If you are patient, you stay focused on doing the work. You don’t complain, you solve.

“The day you plant the seed is not the day you eat the fruit.”

A seed sown takes some time to germinate and get life turn into a plant and  grow into a tree and then it gives fruits. No force or compulsion can make it happen sooner. The determination of the tree’s root to go deeper will help it grow stronger and bigger.

Persistence is a quality which suggests remaining steadfast and firm on course, action, purpose, and state, despite opposition, remonstration, hurdles and setbacks.

Persistence helps to stay motivated, remain on course and keep going till the life’s objectives are fulfilled.

One of the examples to quote is of Arunima Sinha, a former national level volleyball player turned mountaineer

In 2011, Arunima was travelling from Lucknow to Delhi by train some hoodlums jumped onto the train and began robbing passengers.

Arunima, who was trying to protect herself and the co-passengers, was pushed off the train and fell on a parallel railway track.

Unfortunately, there was another train passing on the parallel track and it ran over one of Arunima’s legs. As a result, the leg had to be amputated. Subsequently, the Indian Railways offered her a job.

She was then brought to the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences, where she spent 4 months. A private company provided her a prosthetic leg.

India's Arunima Sinha, who became the world's first female amputee to climb Mount Everest in 2013. 

Apart from Everest, Arunima has also scaled Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, Elbrus in Europe, Kosciuszko in Australia, Aconcagua in Argentina and Carstensz Pyramid (Puncak Jaya) in Indonesia.

Successful people are persistent and self-confident even when they face failure. They rise again and continue making persistent efforts till they reach their goals.

Perseverance is being relentless about doing what needs to be done for as long as it takes. It is the never give up attitude.

Perseverance is essential because there will be plans and projects that require a great deal of effort and endurance. If you are relentless, you don’t give up. You don’t listen to the quitting voice. You trust the process, do the work, and keep going.


“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.”

John Quincy Adams



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