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Persistence is All-Powerful

Posted on: August 15

Author: Admin
Persistence is All-Powerful

August 15, 2008Here's August's sales newsletter!Arguably the greatest President in our nation's history, a recounting of Abraham Lincoln's career leading up to his election illustrates as tale of the utmost persistence. His failures far exceeded his successes. Just look at this timeline of Abe's life:1832 * Lost his job1832 * Defeated in the race for the legislature1833 * Failed in business1834 * Elected to legislature1835 * Sweetheart died1836 * Suffered a nervous breakdown1838 * Defeated for speaker in the legislature1843 * Defeated for nomination for Congress1846 * Elected to Congress1848 * Lost re-nomination to Congress1849 * Rejected for job as land officer1854 * Defeated for Senate1856 * Defeated for nomination for Vice-President1858 * Defeated for Senate1860 * Elected 16th president of the United StatesA truly inspiring story, with almost 30 years of handling crushing disappointment. But Lincoln never quit, and in the end, his unfailing persistence reshaped an entire country.In the midst of the worst depression in our country's history, Calvin Coolidge had these words to say: 'Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.'Persistence truly is all-powerful. A Tale of Sheer PersistenceEddie Shore was a legendary hockey player, a defenseman for the Boston Bruins. Eddie missed his team's train to play for the Stanley Cup in Montreal on January 2, 1929. Eddie was the kind of player who believed that nothing could be more catastrophic or embarrassing than missing a game.There just didn't seem to be a way to get to that game. It was 9 p.m., and there were no trains to Montreal until too late the next day. There was no chance for a flight because of a freezing rain that engulfed the area. After several calls, Eddie contacted a friend who offered him his limousine and chauffeur for the journey to Montreal.By that point, a sleet storm was tearing Boston apart, but Eddie was unfazed. The chauffeur came for him at 11:30 p.m., and they began the 350-mile Boston-to-Montreal drive over dilapidated roads that wound around the New England mountains, which were completely covered with sheets of ice and snow.Shore asked the driver to hurry. 'The man apologized,' Shore said, 'and told me he didn't have chains, and furthermore didn't like driving in the winter. The poor fellow urged me to turn back to Boston.'Shore was not about to give up that easily. He bought chains and decided to do the driving himself into the blizzard as it approached with full force. Snow caked on either side of the lone windshield wiper, which eventually froze to the glass. 'I couldn't see out of the window,' Shore recalled, 'so I had to remove the top half of the windshield.'Shore steered the limousine across the Massachusetts border and up into the New Hampshire mountains, dangerously exposed to the icy wind.'At about five in the morning,' Shore said, 'we began losing traction. The tire chains had worn out.'Luckily, he found a road construction camp nearby. Shore awakened the watchman and got a new set of tire chains, then continued toward Canada. The road was icier than a hockey rink, and the car skidded off the road four times, but each time Shore and his terrified chauffeur managed to push it back on the highway.Exhausted and frozen, Shore finally asked the chauffeur to drive while he took a quick nap. Shore quickly fell asleep, but minutes later, the chauffeur lost control and the car dove into a ditch. Unwilling to give up this battle, Shore hiked a mile to a farmhouse.'I paid eight dollars for a team of horses,' Shore recalls. 'I harnessed them and pulled the car out of the ditch. By this time, we weren't far from Montreal, and I thought we'd still make it before game time.'They did . . . and the sight of his 'abominably snow-covered defenseman' awed Art Ross, the Bruins coach.'His eyes were bloodshot,' Ross said, 'his face frostbitten and wind burned, his fingers bent and set like claws after gripping the wheel so long. He couldn't even walk straight.'Ross insisted that Shore not dress for the game that night against Montreal, but Eddie refused to sit this one out. He took the ice for Boston and played 56 minutes of the 60-minute game. He missed four minutes because he had a pair of two-minute penalties.Was the trip worth it? Well, Boston won the Stanley Cup match, 1-0, and Eddie scored the game's only goal. It was an extraordinarily courageous performance.To your Success,Tom

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