Friday, November 16, 2012

Tales My Mother Told Me Volume 2. Tale 4: Being Persistent

Welcome to Tales my Mother told me volume 2:

Tale 4: Being Persistent

This idiom "Being Persistent" comes from a book called Family Instruction by Yu Jize

Back in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) there was a minister, Zenf Guofan who was very strict with his children's education.

One day he told his youngest son Seng Jize, "You should think carefully before talking and should never be too anxious to express your opinions."

He also advised his son to "Act like a gentleman, be calm, and avoid behaving like a child. When you are reading a book, always try to have a deep understanding of what it 's saying."

The minister expected that his son would act according to his guidance when come to study and work.

So the young boy remembered his father instructions, studied hard, and work diligently.

Over time, and with much practice, the young boy became an expert in essay writing.

The story provides us some lessons:

One should be persistent and hold onto one's goals when doing something, which will lead good results.

The same principle applies in our Art & Design practices too. Working smart, being consistent, and staying persistent will give you the results you desire.

There are times when we’re faced with hardships in life and in business and sometimes we felt like giving up is the easiest way out don't we.  Just remember this, no matter how bad things are, don’t ever give up. When you throw in the white towel without  searching for every option and possibility, you’re selling yourself short. Explore all the options and get help where possible.  Trust yourself and believe in yourself. Know that you can accomplish your goals with persistence and consistency.

Promise yourself that today, tomorrow, next week, or next month… You’ll Never Give Up!

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