Persistence + Resilience = Progress

Ever wonder how another person seems to face challenges via their persistence & resilience? Depending on the situation and how well you might know that person, you might shake your head in disbelief or be in their admiration club for tackling a serious challenge.

Having lived long enough I have experienced plenty of challenges that would push any human to their limits. The process flow to overcoming them successfully is persistence, continued resilience, and building positive momentum that converts to progress. Let’s break the flow down into simple concepts that can be readily deployed.

Persistence means a lot of things, but it is a continued course of action in the face of difficulty or opposition. The late American President, Calvin Coolidge, said “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

Resilience carries many meanings and connotations as well. For me, it is a quality that allows certain people to be smacked down and rally stronger than before. Rather than succumbing to failure and draining our will, humans rise like the Phoenix. I believe the human soul desires hardship. American author Kristin Elizabeth says, “Deterrents are put in your life to test your resilience, to bring you closer to your life’s purpose. If you don’t know failure, how could you ever relish in glory?”

Add both of these key components of our daily lives up and you have a real shot at success. Don’t buckle or cave in when adversity hits. Reach down into your moral compass and also have the courage to reach out to those who are true advocates and care.

My friends, please remember this: respect, consideration, and courtesy matter a lot. Treat others fairly, decently, and equally. Build your moral compasses carefully and always monitor them daily. You know the battle cry: do your best each day. No one can ask more or less from any of us.

All the best/blessings, Mark

Mark Faris
Mark Farishttp://mpvethics.com/
MARK was born in New York City and currently lives in Minneapolis. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he graduated with a B.A. in sociology and speech communications. His entire career spanning 36 years has been in executive sales, marketing, business development, and organizational strategy. He has started and owned three businesses, including a $23 million computer networking company, started up two new sales divisions for publicly telecommunication/data companies including Sprint/Nextel, and was a Board Member for a $225 million U.K. technology manufacturer and distributor. He currently is President of MPV Ethics, LLC., an ethics training and consulting company working with organizations to build better ethical cultures. Mark also has the unique distinction of being convicted for two felonies: mail/wire fraud and money laundering and spent eleven months in a federal prison and halfway house returning to his family in June 2010. He has given over 150 presentations to high school students, universities, B-schools, law schools, and professional audiences regarding the importance of personal and business ethics in our lives. At the core of his renewed philosophy is identification of purpose, building a strong moral compass that helps us effectively deal with dilemmas of all types and sizes. His passion to teach, enrich, and develop others be successful , accountable, and improving the lives of others.
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Larry Tyler

Great article Mark this is a hand book on how we should engage life.

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