There may be nothing on the planet that bothers me more than a poor effort. Whether my kids in school, team members on assignments or the guy next to me on the treadmill.Climber on top of mountain, representing persistence

I love people that work hard. Not that hard work alone is going to make it happen, but I’ve just come to the conclusion that lazy sucks.

Do you know the difference between the person that succeeds and the person that doesn’t?

While every situation is unique, perhaps nothing is more evident in those that succeed than their relentless pursuit of their goals. AKA their Persistence!

Failing with business heroes

Do you know what Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison and just about every other great success on the planet have in common?

I’ll give you a hint. It isn’t their favorite food or weekend hobby. But would it surprise you if I told you that everyone of these iconic successes in business and innovation failed before they achieved any notable success? What if I told you that some failed dozens of time before having a break through.

But we don’t remember that. What we remember is Apple, Microsoft and Electricity among other great achievements.

So what these folks really had in common was they tried, failed, learned, forgot that they failed and tried again. Rinse and repeat until they succeeded. And then guess what…They failed again, numerous times even after success.

What successful people know about persistence

So what do successful people know about persistence that everyone else doesn’t know?

While I’m still exploring this myself, I have my assertions. The biggest difference that I have seen in the most successful people that I have met and read about (Famous or Not) is that those who have succeeded realize that there will be trials and tribulations along the way. They realize that there aren’t shortcuts to success and that the road will be infinitely windy.

And beyond their awareness and acceptance toward adversity, they know that by embracing their failures and never giving up on their dreams that success can be found.

In every great success there was those who doubted, those who overlooked and those who underestimated. But in every great success there was also someone who never gave up, kept pursuing their dreams and achieved what they sought out to achieve.

So keep striving, keep dreaming and keep reaching because for those who want it bad enough, giving up isn’t an option.