Why are patience and tenacity worth so much in the business world and almost every other place where success resides? Grit, tenacity, and patience combined with perseverance are multifaceted concepts encompassing goals, challenges and the best ways to manage life. Many have asked the question what makes an entrepreneur? One of the many words that always enter is tenacity along with patience.
What skills does it take to be a successful entrepreneur? What attributes do others look for when looking for people that they want to work with to get to the success that they seek? Tenacity is probably the most important attribute in an entrepreneur. It is the person who never gives up – who never accepts “No” for an answer. The person that knows their worth will never allow doubters who are filled with doubts to enter into their circle with negative energy.
If at first, you don’t succeed, take persistence as your best friend and know that sometimes it is a bit like pestering. Simply remember that persistence does not have to be annoying, know your worth and ask for permission always but never give in or up ever. Perseverance comes into play when things get severe. You succeed when you persevere.
Let’s add some other attributes that you must have if you are working towards your success in life. Resilience, optimism, confidence, and creativity, you will need them all on your long haul to greatness. Why, because you are going to stumble, and you will need to get back up on the proverbial horse and ride again, yes? What gives you the strength to get back up, wipe the dust off, and remount, all the traits listed above are your armor.
Excellence vs. perfection let’s add into the mix, it may seem that these two have subtle distinctions, but in fact, they are quite at odds. Perfection is excellence’s somewhat pernicious cousin. It is pedantic, binary, unforgiving and inflexible. Certainly, there are times when “perfection” is necessary to establish standards, like in performance athletics such as diving and gymnastics. But in general, perfection is someone else’s perception of an ideal, and pursuing it is like chasing a hallucination. Anxiety, low self-esteem, obsessive-compulsive disorder, are only a few of the conditions ascribed to “perfectionism.” To be clear, those are ominous barriers to success.
Excellence is an attitude, not an endgame. Excellence is a word derived from the Greek word Arête. It is a word that is tied in with the notion of the fulfillment of purpose or function. What does the word mean, it is related to virtue. It is far more forgiving, allowing and embracing failure and vulnerability on the ongoing quest for improvement. It allows for disappointment and prioritizes progress over perfection.
It is clear for you to see how patience and tenacity have to be in place first in line, and then it will connect you to the other attributes that we wrote about here in this article. Whatever it is that you are aiming for in either your personal or career life don’t put either of the two on the back burner. You keep both Excellence and Virtue close and nurture them, because only then with your talent and creativity will you get to the to where you want to be.
Until the next time take good care, be and stay well.
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