Saturday, July 7, 2012

The Ancient Scrolls of Success - Scroll III

Well, I know, it is super weird to have a blog title that starts with "3" out of no where. Sorry about that. But since this is MY blog, I can write whatever I like. Who cares :)
Today I had a great revisit of Scroll III - Persist Until You Succeed, where it was read to us with passion and commitment. I'm touched, and here I am, sharing the scroll with you:


I will persist until I succeed.
In the Orient young bulls are tested for the fight arena in a certain manner. Each is brought to the ring and allowed to attack a picador who pricks them with a lance. The bravery of each bull is then rated with care according to the number of times he demonstrates he willingness to charge in spite of the sting of the blade. hence forth will I recognize that each day I am tested by life in like manner.
 
I will persist until I succeed. 
I was not delivered onto this world in defeat; nor does failure cross in my veins. I am not a sheep waiting to be prodded by my shepherd. I am a lion and I refuse to talk, to walk, to sleep with the sheep. I hear not those who weep and complain, for their disease is contagious. Let them join the sheep. The slaughterhouse of failure is not my destiny.

I persist until I succeed. 
The prices of life are at the end of each journey, not near the beginning. And it is not given to me to know how many steps are necessary in order to reach my goal. Failure I may still encounter at the thousandth step. Yet success hides behind the next bend in the road. Never do I know how close it lies, unless I turn the corner. I always take another step. If that is of no avail I will take another, and yet another. In truth, one step at a time is not too difficult.

I will persist until I succeed. 
Henceforth, I will consider each day's effort as but one blow of my blade against a mighty oak. The first blow may cause not a tremor in the wood, nor the second nor the third. Each blow, of itself, may be trifling, and seem of no consequence. Yet from childish swipes the oak will eventually tumble. So it will be with my efforts of today. I will be liken to the rain drop, which washes away the mountain, the star, which brightens the earth, the slave who builds a pyramid. I know that small attempts, repeated, will complete any undertaking.

I will persist until I succeed. 
I never consider defeat and remove from my vocabulary such words and phrases as ‘quit’, ‘cannot’, ‘unable’, ‘impossible’, ‘out of the question’, ‘improbable’, ‘failure’, ‘unworkable’, ‘hopeless’, ‘retreat’, for they are the words of fools. I avoid despair. But if this disease of the mind should infect me, then I ignore the obstacles at my feet and keep mine eyes on the goals above my head, for I know that where the dry desert ends, green grass grows.

I will persist until I succeed. 
I will remember the ancient law of averages and I will bend it to my good. I will persist with  knowledge that each failure to sell will increase my chance for success at the next attempt. Each nay I hear will bring me closer to the sound of yea. Each frown I meet only prepares me for the smile to come. Each misfortune I encounter carries in it the seed of tomorrow’s good luck. I must have the night to appreciate the day. I must fail often to succeed only once.

I will persist until I succeed.
I will try, and try, and try again. Each obstacle I will consider as a mere detour to my goal and a challenge to my profession. i will persist and develop my skills as the mariner develops his, by learning to ride out the wrath of each storm.
 
I will persist until I succeed.
Henceforth, I learn and apply another secret of those who excel in my work. When each day is ended, not regarding whether it has been a success or a failure, I attempt to achieve one more sale. When my thoughts beckon my tired body homeward, I resist the temptation to depart. I make one more attempt to close with victory, and if that fails, I make another. Never do I allow my day to end with a failure. Thus I plant the seed of tomorrow’s success and gain an insurmountable advantage over those who cease their labor at a prescribed time. And my harvest will be full.

I persist until I succeed. 
Nor will I allow yesterday’s success to lull me into today’s complacency, for this is the great foundation of failure. I forget the happenings of the day that is gone, whether they were good or bad, and greet the new sun with confidence that this is the best day of my life. For now I know one of the greatest principles of success. If I persist long enough, I will win.

I will persist! 
I will win!


For those that had never heard of "The Greatest Salesman in the World", it is a book written by Og Mandino. It serves as a guide to a philosophy of salesmanship and success. Stay tune, I may post other scrolls as of when I feel like it :)
  • Scroll I - The Power of Good Habits
  • Scroll II - Greet Each Day With Love In Your Heart
  • Scroll III - Persist Until You Succeed
  • Scroll IV - You Are Natures Greatest Miracle
  • Scroll V - Live Each Day as if it Were Your Last
  • Scroll VI - Master Your Emotions
  • Scroll VII - The Power of Laughter
  • Scroll VIII - Multiply Your Value Every Day
  • Scroll IX - All is Worthless Without Action
  • Scroll X - Pray to God for Guidance
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