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So...here it goes....the meaning of perseverance:
Sticking to it, keeping at it, not giving up TILL you get it, reach it, finish it. Those are the qualities that should inhabit every serious entrepreneur. The entrepreneur mindset is that of a pioneer. One who is ready to venture into unchartered territories.
Entrepreneurs have a “hussler” spirit. They understand that for something to happen, they have to go out and MAKE it happen.
“Some people make things happen, some watch things happen, while others wonder what has happened”
So,what does perseverance mean to you? Nobody is born with perseverance; it is a life skill that you develop. It is like a muscle that you train, and to train this muscle you need to exercise it. To exercise perseverance you need adversity. Just like how light can only exist because there is darkness, so does perseverance because of adversity and hardship.
Behind every adversity is an incredible opportunity. What is the challenge you are currently facing today? If you can clearly identify it, then you need to focus all your strength on discovering what is hidden behind the mass of hardship that is pressing you down.
Consider the martial arts Karate mantra of:
“OSU NO SEISHIN”
We say, "It's difficult but not impossible."
Consider the butterfly. You can’t help but admire its beauty right?
Well, did you know that before the butterfly became what you so greatly admire for it’s beauty, it was an ugly skin crawling caterpillar?
For the sake of illustration, let me really focus on the third stage of the evolution of the caterpillar to the butterfly.
Please pay close attention to what I am going to explain here.
The third stage is what entomologists call the "Pupa". When the caterpillar is fully grown, it makes a button of silk which it uses to fasten its body to a leaf or a twig. Then the caterpillar’s skin comes off for the final time. It then wraps itself in silk and forms a cocoon around it.
This cocoon is made for the protection of the caterpillar. When looking at a cocoon, it is very ugly on the outside.
I am sure you will agree with me that there is a sense of feeling trapped. In the caterpillar’s case, it is the mass of silk wrapped around it. It literally CANNOT MOVE! It is immobilized!
Does that sound familiar? Do you feel like you are running on a treadmill and that no matter how fast you run, you don’t seem to be gong anywhere? Feeling trapped by your circumstances, situations, pressures (financial, emotional, professional, relational etc).
Most entomologists agree that the most beautiful butterflies have actually emerged from the ugliest cocoons. The cocoon provides a hard protective coating that is oftentimes camouflaged so that predators cannot see them. They stay there an entire season (usually during wintertime).
“Protective coating?” according to whom? Not according to the caterpillar!
You see, we who are looking on the outside of the caterpillar can see the need for the cocoon. My question to you is….what do you think the caterpillar thinks about this particular circumstance? Maybe it is saying to itself “What the HELL is going on? Why isn’t any of the stuff I try work? I just want things to go back to the way they have always been. Even though it was a pain moving around because of my pace, and all….I will much rather be there than be where I am right now”.
What is my point? I want you to ask yourself the same questions. Do you know where you are going to be 2-5 years from now? All you can see are your current realities that don’t always make sense right?
Ok. Back to the caterpillar…Inside this cocoon the old body parts of the caterpillar are undergoing a remarkable transformation, called ‘metamorphosis’.
∑ The dictionary defines metamorphosis as a change of:
∑ Physical form
∑ Structure or substance
∑ a striking alteration in appearance, character, or circumstances.
You see, anything that undergoes a metamorphosis is usually accompanied by a change of habitat or behavior. Science cannot explain what happens within metamorphosis except to say that it is a supernatural process that takes place. There are certain laws that will always produce the same results if applied consistently.
When it’s time for the butterfly to emerge and come out of the cocoon, it must STRUGGLE and FIGHT its way out. During this process it will become completely exhausted and stop struggling for long periods of time. Then IT would BEGIN to FIGHT AGAIN until it finally is free of the cocoon that has trapped it inside during this season of its life.
Now, pay even closer attention to this…
Watching this process from a close view is a free session of TORTURE. In fact you may even be tempted to help this process by tearing open the cocoon just to help this “poor caterpillar” out – but that’s the worst thing you could do.
You may think you are bringing justice in trying to help this caterpillar but you would really be killing it. Instead of setting the butterfly free, the reality is that you would be weakening the “half caterpillar – half butterfly” and aborting a VERY IMPORTANT PROCESS of its transformation.
Basically, in trying to help the caterpillar/butterfly, you would be actually weakening it to the point that it would not have fought and strengthened itself enough to have the strength needed to fly on its own. The consequence? It would have eventually and most certainly died.
My point? You need adversity. As an Internet Entrepreneur or as simply as a human being in life looking to develop himself/herself, you ABSOLUTELY NEED adversity. It is the struggle that makes you strong, and makes you soar to heights you could have never imagined.
A caterpillar went into the cocoon, but something entirely different came out. What was once an unattractive creepy crawly thing is something beautiful beyond comprehension.
The butterfly and caterpillar is the same living creature, yet different. It has gone through a metamorphosis or what we call transformation for human life.
I don’t know at what stage you are in your process and journey to your goal. The point is, when you wrote down your goals, you were in a certain condition, and a certain state of mind. In the process, you will EVENTUALLY experience a paradigm shift.
One thing is certain….if you fight, get tired, beat up, discouraged, and STILL GET BACK UP to fight YET AGAIN……You WILL become the “butterfly” you set yourself to be.
Some of you right now may feel that you are trapped inside a cocoon. But don’t stress. Instead prepare your mind to FIGHT till the death!!
In order to become a butterfly, a caterpillar must fully dissolve within the chrysalis – a cocoon of protection. This dissolution or meltdown is the most difficult stage of change; however, while incredibly strenuous and distressing, it is the fundamental component of the transformation process. The metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly is akin to the role of perseverance in your life.
"Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other TILL the finish line."
To Your Success,