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Sometimes the secret to success is simple: just keep trying. Of course this won’t always be the case and sometimes thinking smart is just as important as working hard.

More often than you realize though, it will be the case that you can actually succeed doing a lot of things simply by continuously trying and being more persistent than the competition.

An Example

Let’s imagine an example. Say you were interested in becoming a successful mobile app developer. In this case, you might learn how to build apps then spend a lot of time and money developing one to release to the Google Play Store or the iTunes App Store. If this then didn’t turn out to be successful however, you could feel disheartened and consider giving up entirely.

This is one of the big reasons that many people don’t end up being successful in the areas they wanted to be.

Because if you were to be persistent and if you were to keep trying at releasing mobile apps, then you would greatly increase the chances of being successful. Let’s say that there’s a 1 in 100 chance of releasing a hit app – while if you release 50 then you’ve greatly improved the odds in your favor!

What’s more though, being persistent means you’ll learn as you go. Each time you try to release a new app it will be better than the previous one meaning that your chances of success will increase exponentially.

And Another Example…

There are other areas where persistence can be successful in a completely different way. If you’re trying to get a pay rise for instance and asking your boss for a raise doesn’t yield results straight away, asking more can only have positive results. Literally: the only cost of failure is staying the same as you are already, so there’s really no downside to asking. If you catch them when they’re in a good mood or when they’ve noticed they have a bit more room in their budget, you might find that your persistence pays off. At the very least you’ll demonstrate that you’re serious.

In countless different scenarios, persistence can be a great asset. It is the best way to increase the odds in your favor, to incrementally wear down opposition and to grow and develop yourself as a person. There are many more examples of persistence being a hit too so instead of giving up at the first sign of a challenge, pick yourself up and try again!

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