Wednesday, October 3, 2012

A thin line between Persistence and Irritation…

Have you already met your career goals or continuing your journey of striving to achieve them? Was it carefully and strategically planned or sort of a hit or miss situation?

Have you ever suddenly felt passionate about something that seemed to appear from nowhere.  It sort of took you by surprise and the thought of pursuing it made you somewhat afraid.  You felt strongly about the ideal initially, but didn’t consider the cost.  Even considering the cost, you were willing to make certain concessions and sacrifices.  The thought of being successful was your main goal. 

If you are one of the few that happen to win the lottery or gain sudden wealth, success can come instantly.  It can come so suddenly that most people are not prepared for the instant change.  For the majority of us, success doesn’t come overnight.  It normally comes with goals, planning, hard work and perseverance.  These are reportedly the ingredients for success.  We’ve all been taught that persistence is a good thing, right.  Well, not necessarily.  My politically correct answer is; it depends.

Have we ever been taught the right mixture and when and if to continue to be persistent or when to concede?  How much pressure to apply and when is too much?  At what point does persistence become counterproductive?  It only takes one yes.  But, do we know when to change angles, take your ideals elsewhere or dismantle altogether?  The question is; how do we really know when we’ve crossed the line from being persistent to becoming irritating?  Once the line is crossed into irritation, perception becomes reality.  Just so you know; that’s not a good thing. 

Pursuing goals are highly encouraged and requires confidence in your ideals and some level of persistence in the possibilities.  Whether your chances are good or slim to none, it may still require some risks and sacrifices.  The timing may not always be right and the situation may not always be optimum.  In other words, don’t expect the red carpet to be laid out on every pursuit.  

Rejection happens.  It can happen to all of us.  If you haven’t experienced it, you will.  It does not really denote failure but simply a process toward success.  Let’s face it, persistence can be unpredictable.  It can pay off sometimes and other times it may not.  When it does happen, do we know when and if to continue to pursue, or simply walk away?  

The answer could be situational or just maybe; it is a question that is better off unanswered and left up to chance.

Joseph Conrod Sr. SPHR 

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