CAREER DEVELOPMENT / JUN. 20, 2015
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5 Facts That Prove Perseverance Can Get You Far in Your Career

Ask anyone who is successful whether or not perseverance was a huge factor in their success—and they will tell you it was. People who achieve success have done so through hard work, diligence, dreaming and persevering through all obstacles that have come their way. Individuals who fail and then never try anything difficult again, will not be sitting at the top of the ladder of success. That top seat is reserved for the people who see the value in, and know how to persevere. This article will discuss the facts of five people who proved that perseverance got them far in their careers and it can do the same for you.

1. Theodore Seuss Giesel

This fact should be especially interesting to writers who are seeking to become published authors. If you’ve received one or two rejections and think that is the end of the world, then think again. Dr. Seuss who is famous for his children’s books Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham was rejected by twenty-seven publishers before he ever even received a publishing contract. Those twenty-seven rejections came for his first book To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street. So, if you need some encouragement today to keep going in your career, think about Dr. Seuss and those twenty-seven rejections. Perseverance got him to get his first book published and it can help you achieve great success in your career as well.

2. Colonel Sanders

This fact is for everyone, but especially for entrepreneurs who are interested in opening a restaurant or a franchise. Did you know that Colonel Sanders did not set out to accomplish his dream of opening a restaurant until he was sixty-five years old? Sanders worked at a variety of different jobs during his lifetime, such as a steam engine stoker, insurance salesman and filling station operator. However, his dream was to open a restaurant and he persevered until that dream became a reality. You can follow his example and persevere to chase after your own dreams and become successful in your career.

3. J.K. Rowling

Have you ever thought your life and career was a mess and no amount of hard work was ever going to make it better? J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series currently holds the ranking of the second wealthiest female entertainer, directly behind talk show host, Oprah Winfrey. Rowling herself described her life as a mess when she first started writing the series in 1995. The messy life consisted of going through a divorce and living in a tiny flat while surviving on government assistance. In the midst of those struggles, her mother had just passed away from multiple sclerosis. Her manuscript was rejected by twelve different publishers before she received a publishing contract. In the end, she became famous, built a positive reputation as an author and made a huge amount of money for her work. So, take heart in your own career and keep on persevering through the daily obstacles that come your way.

4. Thomas Edison

If you’ve ever been called “stupid” or “unteachable”, then you’re in good company because Thomas Edison was also called those things by his teachers. However, Edison rose above those criticisms, persevered through the many obstacles that blocked his path and became an American inventor and businessman. He was known as “The Wizard of Menlo Park”. That’s definitely a far cry from being called stupid and unteachable. Edison is mostly famous for his invention of the electric light bulb and he also invented the phonograph and the motion picture camera. Additionally, he thought outside the box and became one of the first American inventors to begin utilizing mass production and a teamwork environment for the creation of his inventions. Many people credit Edison with creating the original industrial research laboratory. So, the next time you think your career is going nowhere fast, take a look at Edison and keep persevering.

5. Milton Hershey

If you love chocolate then you must have heard the name Hershey before. However, did you know that Milton Hershey, founder of The Hershey Chocolate Company, dropped out of school when he was in the fourth grade? Hershey became an apprentice at a print shop, but got fired. So, the next time you think your world is over if you got fired, think again. He then became an apprentice for a candy maker and that got him started down the road of opening his own candy company. However, he failed three times at opening various candy companies. Hershey did become successful and sold one of his caramel candy companies for $1 million in 1900. That amount would be worth over $28 million today. Keep his success in mind when you think you can no longer persevere in your own career.

See Also: How Persistence Helped a Carpenter Become Indiana Jones

Hopefully these five examples of hard working, persevering individuals can inspire you to keep being diligent in your own careers. What steps do you take to persevere through obstacles that come your way?   

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