Have you ever wondered if perseverance really does pay off? I certainly have. I’ve been chasing some dreams for many years and there have been times—more than I’d like to admit–when I have wondered if perseverance isn’t just a prettier, more acceptable word for plain old stubbornness.
I’ve even occasionally wondered if what I call perseverance isn’t simply a long-held self delusion. I mean, really. How long have I madly clutched this idea that if I just work hard enough, try long enough, and never, ever give up, that this thing I long for, this dream that seems forever just out of reach, will finally come true?
But does it really happen?? To regular, everyday people?
Yes, it does. Just ask Kathryn Stockett.
Who’s that? you may be wondering. If you haven’t heard her name, Kathryn Stockett is the author of the best-selling book, ‘The Help,’ which is now also a major motion picture.
Despite all odds, Kathryn Stockett decided she wasn’t giving up on her manuscript until she sold it. She was excited when she got her first rejection letter from an agent, and undaunted after rejection number 15. After 40 rejection letters, though, she was utterly and completely discouraged. Who could blame her?
Still she didn’t give up.
Not even after 60– yes SIXTY–rejection letters.
It was letter number 61 that got her an agent and the rest, luckily for us, is a great book and a wonderful movie.
What if she’d given up after rejection number 40?
After I read Ms. Stockett’s story, I realized that while I’ve gotten more than sixty rejection letters over the years, I have not gotten anywhere near that number for a single project. So to my way of thinking, that means it’s still way too soon to give up.
If your perseverance tank is running on empty today, click on the link below to read Kathryn Stockett’s inspiring story.
…and then get back to work on your dream!!!