Life Principle #9 Keep Pursuing

Of all the principles we’ve talked about so far, persistence might be the biggest one.

How many poor fools have given up right before they were about to make it happen?

How many poor fools have given up right before they were about to make it happen?

In his wonderful little book, the dip, Seth Godin talks about when we should quit and when we keep pursuing. “Quit or be exceptional. Average is for losers.” ... “People settle. They settle for less than they are capable of.” ... “To be a superstar, you must do something exceptional. Not just survive the Dip, but use the Dip as an opportunity to create something so extraordinary that people can’t help but talk about it, recommend it, and, yes, choose it.”

The biggest difference between those who can persist and those who can’t is the intention behind their actions.

Are you doing it for the money, the numbers, the fame, the power?

Or are you doing it because you love the craft?

There’s a massive difference between the results of those two ideologies.

Love what you do, and you will go further than you could ever imagine.

Life Principle #9 Keep Pursuing

The ability to keep going, despite obstacles, despite naysayers and go above and beyond what most people will try is a valuable tool to have in life.

Pursuit is not a mindless pedal to the metal, push yourself until you break or burnout. In fact, it’s the opposite.

Pursuit is a slow moving steamroller, paving the way forward. Sure there will be bumps along the way towards your dream life, but that’s okay, you know you can and will persist.

 

Taking the turtle 🐢 approach

Think about the classic tortoise and the hare story. It’s always the thoughtful, caring, and persistent turtle that ultimately wins the race. 

But in life, we are both the turtle and the hare. A part of us wants everything quickly, now, ASAP, tomorrow’s too late... And the other part knows that we want to take our time and earn it. More often than not the hare wins out for me. But the more I take the turtle approach — slowing down, doing things right, focusing on quality, not quantity — things just work

You may be one more action away from achieving your goals. Are you going to give up, or give it a try?

Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,

— Josh Waggoner

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