THE COMMUNICATOR The importance of being persistent and persevering
I’VE written to you before about perseverance. Or persistence. I can’t find much difference between the two words. If you do, please let me know. Which ever word you prefer, I am going to write about it again as I have just experienced a wonderfully inspiring example of why it continues to be such an important trait.
First, a word about the recent US midterms. Most of you faithful readers out there already know I’m an American citizen who is thrilled to be living here in Ireland but remains riveted by current events in my home country.
The most current topic for the moment is, of course, this past week’s elections.
The focus will next be upon 2020: who needs to persevere to retain position and who needs to persevere to regain it.
Therefore, I’m doubly committed to paraphrase my literary hero Oscar Wilde and talk to you today about the ‘importance of being persistent’.
My inspiration for this week comes from Reggie Selma. “Him again?! We just read about him last week.” That’s right.
He’s that retired CNN photojournalist who is recasting himself as a speaker. I wrote about him last week because I was touched by his positive approach to adapting to change and reinvention.
But what I didn’t tell you last week is worth sharing now. the news director or an assignment manager or anyone with enough clout to build rapport and influence with to move things forward.
On that third day, the number one presenter for the organisation, who also happened to be the first female presenter in the country and was known throughout the land, walked by where I was sitting and smiling.
She peered down at me and observed: “You know, you Americans. You smile so much, I think you all must have gas.”
Startled, (I think you would have been too, right?) I looked up at her. “I hear you,” I said, “but I promise I’m sincere. And if you let me, I’ll show you there’s substance behind the smile.”
From that moment, I was able to gather a group for a small workshop, and then a bigger workshop.
Then, over the course of three months, the entire newsroom turned out and we developed news-gathering and writing procedures and presenting and reporting techniques in a way that I would never have been able to achieve — without her help.
To this day, she remains one of my dearest friends and has even become the godmother to my daughter Lulu.
Positive perseverance is not an anathema, folks, it’s something to you can achieve and demonstrate over time. CONSISTENT AND PERSEVERE