Persistence is defined as constantly repeating, enduring, being tenacious – especially in the face of obstacles, discouragement, and/or opposition.
Forrest Gump was persistent throughout his entire life.
One example of Forrest’s persistence was his determination to succeed as a shrimp boat captain.
- Forrest repeatedly dropped his nets into the water daily.
- Forrest endured the disappointment of seeing his nets pulled up empty.
- Forrest was tenacious in solving the shrimpin’ challenge.
- Forrest named his boat when he found out it was bad luck to have a boat without a name.
- Forrest persisted despite being scared during the storm.
- Forrest went to church and prayed when he wasn’t sure what to do next.
And then one day … despite the disappointments, the loneliness, the countless trials and errors, and I’m guessing his normal share of self doubts – Forrest succeeded.
And “after that, shrimpin’ was easy!”
Things are always easy after you do the hard work, pay your dues, and learn the ropes. That is why we persist.
How persistent are you?
Are you letting obstacles stop you?
Are you doing the hard work to succeed?
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Steve Weber is a speaker, Forrest Gump tribute artist, facilitator, blogger, and author. The three principles of Gumption are specifically designed to get you (and your team) to Function with Gumption. Steve uses the simple, yet powerful, life lessons from the movie Forrest Gump to bring positivity back into the workplace. Learn more at SpeakingGump.com.