Willie Jolley
Motivational speaker and Authr

Willie Jolley

Award Winning Speaker and Singer, Best Selling Author and host of "The Willie Jolley Motivational Minute" daily on WUSA-Channel 9 and WHUR-FM and The Willie Jolley Show, weekends on XM Radio, Channel 169.


Persistence vs. resistance

Q: What do you do when your best effort fails? BP has ended its "Top Kill" attempt to stop the leaking oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, and will focus on containment. When a plan didn't work for you, did you quit, or keep on trying? Would you approach the issue in the same way today?

When a plan does not work, it is essential that you do not quit! The key is to continue in a more intelligent way, to learn from each failure and keep trying new ways to achieve your goal. To continue to do the same thing, the same way and expect different result is insane, but to try new ways after each failure is the secret to success.

There is a story of a man who failed in business at the age of 21, was defeated in a legislative race at age 22, failed again in business at age 24, lost a congressional race at age 34, lost another congressional race at 36, lost a senatorial race at age 45, failed in his effort to become vice president at age 47, lost a senatorial race at age 49 and at age 52 he was elected president of the United States. His name was Abraham Lincoln.

Persistence ultimately will break down resistance. BP has to keep trying. They may fail, but they must learn from each failure and try again more intelligently. As long as they don't give up, then it's only a matter of time before they succeed.

Over the years I have failed numerous times. When I tried to get my first book deal, I failed, but I refused to give up. Eventually I got a book deal and the book came out and became a best seller.

When I wanted to get my message to television, I failed over and over again, but I kept trying new ideas and new ways, and now I have the top rated motivational program in D.C. -- it's on Channel 9 every morning at 6:35.

It has not been easy, but I have learned that a setback is nothing but a setup for a comeback, and it is through the setbacks of life that we grow. So I encourage every one who reads this column to be persistent and never stop trying. The race does not go to the swift or to the strong but to the person who persists until the end.

Keep the faith and be persistent. It works!

By Willie Jolley  |  June 3, 2010; 9:49 PM ET  | Category:  Comeback attempts , failure Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Thank you for such an inspirational article.

I have tried many times in business, and have failed at sometime or another.

I never gave up, I kept working and learning.

I'm now benefiting from the hard work and the lessons learned.

Never, never give up, there is always a way.

Posted by: waquil1006 | June 9, 2010 6:05 PM
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