Persistence Is The Key To Success

Most people tend to quit after one or two failures these days and if they don’t, if they persevere through the first two and get to three than that’s considered rare. For some reason, we are programmed to think, we are programmed to believe that if we fail that’s the way that it’s supposed to be. “This was meant to happen,” we think. We don’t realize that each failure we have, each “no” that we encounter is getting us one step closer to success. Each failure ought to be thought of as a lesson, not as a failure. Once we change our minds to view it as such our life will begin to change. Here’s why persistence is the key to success. There is no better example of this than Jack Ma who is the founder of Alibaba and the richest man in Asia.

Persistence Is The Key To Success

No, sorry we just can’t accept you at this time. 

Hello, yeah, no, sorry we just can’t accept you at this time. 

The answer is still no. Sorry, we just can’t accept you at this time. 

That’s really annoying, isn’t it? How would you like to hear that three times? How about five? Ten? Yeah, I wouldn’t either. But you know who did? Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba (which is widely considered to be the Amazon of China) and the richest man in Asia with a net worth at the time of this writing of 34 billion USD. Ma was rejected from Harvard ten times.

Persistence Is The Key To Success


“So,” you may be thinking. “What’s the big deal? I would’ve been rejected from Harvard too.” 

He also failed his primary elementary school test twice, failed middle school, and also failed at his university. 

He also, and here’s the amazing part, failed at more than thirty jobs! Yes, thirty.

When KFC came to China Jack Ma went to apply there along with twenty-four other people. Twenty-three of the twenty-four applicants were accepted. The one who wasn’t? You guessed it, Jack Ma. 

When five people went to apply to the police force four were accepted for the job. The odd-ball out? Jack Ma. 

Failure Is Not A Bad Thing 

I think it’s safe to say that Jack Ma has failed his way through life. Is that bad? NOT AT ALL. If anything it should be looked upon as a heroic effort, an act of superior will. Ma could’ve given up and called it quits after he failed from school just about every single year. He could’ve quit after twenty-three applicants were accepted for a basic entry-level job and he was the only one who wasn’t.


Jack Ma has had a valid reason to quit multiple times, better yet, a valid excuse. He could’ve got discouraged, could’ve quit, and you know what, I think the majority of people would’ve understood his reasoning. But he didn’t. He kept trying and trying and trying, dug deep, believed in himself and what happened? Ma created one of the largest companies in the entire world in terms of market capitalization. He struck, more like created gold. 

Message: Persistence Is The Key To Success

It doesn’t matter how many times you have failed, it doesn’t matter how many times you have been knocked down, it doesn’t matter how many times you have been told no. What are you going to do about it? If you are already in the dirt why would you stay there? What matters is how you respond, how many times you get back up. 

Always get up more times then you get knocked down and you will do just fine. Don’t quit, do not give up. You can alter your path but never, ever, lower your expectations or your dream. Keep pushing forward, keep persevering, and you sooner or later the door will open up. Whenever I am facing difficult times and feel as if I cannot go on I repeat the following phrase to myself: “Any obstacle that comes your way is only testing you to see how bad you truly want your dream.” That single phrase has helped me persevere through some of the most difficult times and I am hoping it will allow you to do the same.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does it mean to have perseverance?

Perseverance means that you are going to provide continuous effort no matter what is going on around you or the obstacles you face. Success or failure, doesn’t matter. You are going to continue to move forward, continue to persist until you get your desired result. No if, ands, or buts about it. That is what it means to have perseverance.

Why is Jack Ma famous?

Jack Ma is the founder of Alibaba and the richest man in Asia at the time of this writing. He is an outgoing, exciting personality which has only helped propel him to entrepreneurial fame.

What is an example of perseverance?

Jack Ma is an excellent example of perseverance. He has possibly been rejected more times that most people can fathom. But that’s okay, because every no you encounter is only getting you one step closer to yes. If it was easy than everybody would do it. Continue to persevere while others around you seem to be giving up and you will be rewarded.

What does persevere in action mean?

Persevere in action means to persist—to continue onward no matter the difficulties you may encounter or face.

Why is perseverance The key to success?

Perseverance is the key to success for a variety of reasons. Firstly, success is not easy. Only those who are truly committed will succeed. Things happen, difficulties arise, so in that instant you can either quit and give up or you can continue and work past those obstacles. When other people are starting to quit and give up you need to continue to move forward.

Why is perseverance important in life?

Perseverance is an important characteristic to be successful in life for many reasons. Only those who are willing to persist will be rewarded with success. If it was easy than everybody would do it. If you never give up you can never fail. When you give up that is when you fail.

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