Sunday, 28 July 2013

Reaching the Point of Breakthrough

Perhaps, there is no limit to the amount of good effort a man should make when he is seeking an opportunity to break through. For instance, when someone is in need of employment, the most important thing is to seek for it relentlessly. Though there is a high rate of unemployment and this readily slashes down the chance of each applicant, you will get the job that is meant for you. But you've got to keep searching and applying. It is your responsibility to make a move at it. And that is where the virtue of persistence comes in.

Failure can be damaging, discouraging and diminishing. But it is now a characteristic of creative persons in the 21st century. Creative people hardly come out with their best until they've made mistakes and learnt some lessons while those who have mentors get to make less mistakes. This process of making mistakes is important because it is enlightening and useful for self-development. If we try a couple of times and throw in the trowel, our challenges may defeat us. But when we endure this tough phase with optismism and keep improving ourselves, a point will eventually come where most of the tall and mighty obstacles confronting us would become relatively easy to overcome. This is what some people call the point of breakthrough.

People refer to breakthrough as the act of gaining an eventual advantage over a challenge, task or obstacle. They believe it is the season when, after several attempts aimed at achieving a particular goal fail, they finally get a positive result. But I think there is more to it. I think breakthrough is the point where even the smallest efforts you make yield good returns.

On the field of play, it is persistence that keeps the football rolling against friction; though some call it force.
In the pursuit of inventions, it is persistence that sustains the curious mind; though some call it passion.
To overcome in life, we will face situations that will require persistence; though how much of it each person needs differs.

Therefore, for us to make meaning out of life, we must learn persistence. Imbibe persistence. And invest persistence.

Like Mr Calvin Coolidge (1872 – 1933) once said,

Nothing in the 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. The slogan “Press On” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
What more is there to say? Get some persistence and grow in it. Then, one day, at a prechosen hour, you will realise that you have reached the point of breakthrough and even exceeded it.

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