Outstanding Performers are Tenacious

Today is Wednesday, so this post is on outstanding performance.  It is also my 300th post on this blog.  I post five days a week, so that means I’ve been posting every day for 60 weeks.  Thanks to all of you who take the time to read what I write.

On Monday, the Just Sell quote of the day was from Louis Pasteur.  He developed the pasteurization process, and is generally considered to be the father of modern microbiology.  I really like what he has to say about tenacity.  “Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal: my strength lies solely in my tenacity.”

I’d like to think that 300 blog posts over a period of 60 weeks qualifies me as being tenacious.  But I’d like to tell you a story about another tenacious person close to me.  My wife, Cathy is a volunteer reading tutor at one of the Denver Public Schools.  She’s been doing this for several years now.  She enjoys the children, and she feels that she is making a difference through her volunteer work.

As August turns into September, she always gets excited about another school year and another group of kids.  This year, the school where she volunteers lost its volunteer coordinator, so they were a little slow getting volunteer assignments done.  This didn’t stop Cathy.  She made a few phone calls to the school asking when they wanted her to begin.  She got some vague promises, but nothing definite.  Finally, last Friday, she went to the school, and basically arranged her own assignment.  Her first day was yesterday.  As usual, she loved the kids and was happy to be back at “her school.”

The common sense point of the Pasteur quote, my 300 blog posts and Cathy’s tenacity in getting going on her volunteer work is simple.  Outstanding performers are tenacious is pursuing their goals.  They do what it takes to be successful. 

In Cathy’s case, it took driving to the school and being willing to be seen as a bit of a pain in the butt by an administrator.  However, she was willing to do that because her desire to succeed as a reading volunteer was strong.  The third graders with whom she reads are better off for it.

Remember Cathy’s story the next you run into a frustrating obstacle.  Be tenacious.  You’ll be surprised at how often you’ll reach your goal.

That’s it for today.  Thanks for reading.  Log on to my website www.BudBilanich.com for more common sense.  Check out my other blog: www.CommonSenseGuy.com for common sense advice on leading people and running a small business.

I’ll see you around the web, and at Alex’s Lemonade Stand.


PS: Speaking of Alex’s Lemonade Stand – my fundraising page is still open.  Please go to www.FirstGiving.com/TheCommonSenseGuy to read Alex’s inspiring story and to donate if you can.

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