So last week we talked about burning desire in the Fire N Desire post, this week I wanna discuss persistence.
So this morning we read the story in the Introduction under the heading A Fifty Cent Lesson In Persistence. We discussed the child who was persistent in getting her momma’s fifty cents and I mean she was not having it. She might as well told him to run her her money. It didn’t matter how nasty the landlord was to her, she wasn’t having it. He sent her on her way and even threatened her several times but she wouldn’t budge and even stepped forward and yelled at him. Now, the story they read in the video above must have been from the updated version of Think and Grow Rich because my version definitely described the atmosphere a lot different. I was reading along in my book and my version described the little girl as being “ignorant, illiterate colored child” and they wondered how could she, the child of a sharecropper tenant that lived on the land, could overpower an “intelligent, white man,” who was their landlord.
Now, I’m not trying to start a race war on my blog or anywhere else but I think it should be noted because I’m not making it up, it’s actually what’s in my book but also because I think it speaks even more to the child’s boldness as it also states
Darby held his breath. He was certain he was about to witness a murder. He knew his uncle had a fierce temper. He knew that colored children were not supposed to defy white people in that part of the country. –Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill
Therefore, it further supports that this child was almost taking her life in her hands by constantly asking him for her mother’s money and not leaving like he asked her to but her persistence paid off because her request was fulfilled.
The point of all of this is to understand how serious it was and the repercussions that hung in the balance. Many people in the LCA (Life Changing Alliances) believe that she was more motivated by her mom’s actions had she not brought the money back than she was with whatever punishment she would’ve received from him. She stood her ground and if baffled them to the point that they questioned her “power.”
It taught them that even someone whom was “unworthy” in their eyes could yield this power of persistence. Darby, the nephew who witnessed the little girl in action, recalled the exchange and used what he learned from it to motivate his own tenacity that when someone said “no” to push forward.
Darby pointed out: “Every time a prospect tried to bow me out without buying, I saw that child standing there in the old mill, her big eye glaring in defiance, and I said to myself, ‘I’ve gotta make this sale.’ The better portion of all sales I have made, were made after people said ‘no’.” –Think and Grow Rich-Napoleon Hill
Have you ever been in a position of doors slamming in your face and using that energy to fuel you to get what you needed/wanted anyhow? I’ve never had a blatant “no” that I turned around but I had several “you can’t do this” that empowered me to prove them wrong.
If you like, tell me about your experience and how you used it for your good in the comments section. I’d love to discuss your experience.