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Should You Really Be THAT Persistent??? (Reader Q&A Session)

5 May 2011 No Comment

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Here’s an old Q&A from the archives that I think will help out a lot. It’s one of the best questions I’ve ever been asked, actually.




From the Reader Mailbag:

“…perhaps you could elaborate on that statement about never giving up. While there’s a lot to be said about tenacity of spirit and never giving up on your dreams, there’s a fine line there too…



Remember that saying ‘Don’t flog a dead horse?’ I think sometimes it’s necessary to ‘give up’ on something or someone as a continual investment of your valuable resources or you’ll end up draining yourself dry.



Take for example….

african american investor losing money>> A wall street investor continuing to pour good money into a losing stock until they’re wiped out,



>> the gambling addict who just HAS to put that next dollar into the slot machine.



>> trying to influence a heroin addict to quit and going about all manner of effort to that end only to have the person continue using, or



>> being deeply and passionately in love with someone who doesn’t feel the same way (‘unrequited love.’)



At some point you can’t continue trying to pound a square peg into a round hole. Anyway….food for thought. Perhaps you’d like to expound upon this subject and provide some of your personal insight/experience/wisdom. I’d love to hear what you have to say on this subject. Thanks Bryan.”







My Response:

african american woman in yoga class“Identify with your purpose, but be flexible in your approach…



Identify with the REASON you have a particular goal (usually for an emotional state or personal conviction) and focus on that when a particular plan isn’t working.



Napolean Hill (in his book ‘Think & Grow Rich’) has a concept called ‘Creative Persistence,’ and Robert Greene (in ‘The 48 Laws of Power’) has a law called ‘Assume Formlessness,’ both of which apply.



Where the goal is to start a company, THE PURPOSE may be financial wellbeing, and so one should not be attached to an inefficient business model. Where the goal is to have a relationship, THE PURPOSE may be to give and receive love, and so one should not be attached to an incompatible person.



I quit drumming because when I was having some trouble with my music career, I zoomed out, looked at the forest and realized that my purpose was to express my individuality, not ‘to be a drummer’ per se.


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Now, with the website, I’m creating more audio-visual content instead of writing all the time because I realized my purpose is to promote intelligence, self-growth and maturity, not ‘to be a writer’ per se (and multimedia is more effective at that).



Identify with your purpose, but be flexible in your approach. I’ll release another self-discipline video soon that’ll go further in-depth.



Peace,
+B”



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