I remember when I was an engineering apprentice at Cummins Engine Company. One of the first tasks we were set was in making a tool box, we were given the plans and instructed on the stages, sounds easy enough. I have one problem with that however I’m the kind of person that can think through things and visualise, I can plan and follow instructions. I have one problem, I am not physically creative. My brain can send specific directions to my hands but they don’t seem to be able to do as they are told. Anyway back to the tool box, it was made out of sheet metal that was measured scored cut and then bent and welder. There must have been about a dozen of us working on the same project. I like the others went at the task energetically. When I had done the preliminary work just before welding it was clear that the box was skew whiff. The instructor was ok about it, “just go back to the stores and get another piece of sheet metal.” I did that more focussed on the measuring, scoring and bending. But you guessed it, the same thing happened. I can’t remember how many times I did this, to the point I got another apprentice to go for a fresh sheet of metal for me, it was embarrassing to do it wrong so many times, subtly hiding my embarrassment in the skip. It didn’t help that the other apprentices weren’t having my difficulties, sure some had 2 attempts but I must have had at least half a dozen, the stress I was feeling was increasing. But in the end I did it. It was welded and finished and that tool box is something I cherished, It must have been good as a few years later it was stolen. If only the person who has it knew the blood and sweat I poured into making it.
Perseverance is one of the several qualities that can help you in achieving anything and everything you want. Perseverance is the virtue by which we humans keep striving to achieve a particular goal. Perseverance generally comes to the fore when we strive to realize a goal, complete a task or meet targets by overcoming obstacles or difficulties.
Developing perseverance enables us to improve and enhance our capabilities. Being able to achieve goals further leads to self growth and self improvement as a result of which an individual is transformed into a more competent being. Thus to achieve success in any endeavour that you might take up, it would be necessary to develop perseverance. Developing perseverance within oneself is not a difficult task. However one needs to be keen enough and put in some effort.
To develop perseverance, it is important that one knows what it is, that one really wants and to keep trying until we achieve our goal.
'Tis a lesson you should heed:
Try, try, try again.
If at first you don't succeed,
Try, try, try again.
William Edward Hickson