All to often we stop seeking just before the answer comes…
Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.– Thomas Edison
Do you keep hoping and praying for a breakthrough…that perfect job, new home, special someone to live the rest of your life with, or perhaps losing the pounds? All too often we want an answer but stop just short of reaching our breakthrough or receiving the answer. But it is when we stop short of our breakthrough or answer we feel defeated. But, to quote Marilyn vos Savant; “Being defeated is only a temporary condition; giving up is what makes it permanent”.
Several years ago Richard left the Chemical Industry to set out on a new venture. He went to work as a technical writer, writing training manuals for chemical companies and refineries. While he has really enjoyed the work and loved writing, things began to take a downward trend… The office he worked at was located in Angleton which made it an easy commute however after a short time he began to recognize signs of instability within the company; lack of work and frequent layoffs so he began to pursue work with another technical writing company.
After a short period of time he was offered a position as a technical writer with a company which held lots of promise and plenty of work…Yeah! With the new company there was promise of additional opportunities in training and education. The downside however the new company was located in Houston which was 63 miles from home and the majority of the manuals he wrote were for refineries in Saudi thus the training and education was in Saudi. So, it didn’t take long to figure out this new position while it provided a good living was not a good fit due to the amount of travel involved. Thus, the search began…
Every evening, I have watched my precious husband search the internet, monitor the want adds, and network in hopes of finding a job closer to home. He would sit with his laptop in his lap and fill out application after application and when I would ask “whatcha doing?” he would respond, “the evening ritual”. So day in and day out he would drive 126 miles round trip, put in a ten-hour day and get paid for eight, and then search all evening. This went on for over two years…then finally everything began to change!!!
In two weeks Richard tested for three different Chemical companies and has been offered a position with two of them. Had he given up prior to filling out the applications for these companies he would not have found his new job!
Watching Richard’s persistence reminds me of a quote by a unknown Author~”Don’t be discouraged. It’s often the last key in the bunch that opens the lock.”
Oh and…Never, never, never, never give up~ Winston Churchill
Hang in there…Love Lee ♥
- The Power of Perseverance (lifescript.com)
- Nothing in the World can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persist (quotationsbook.com)