In a story that was recently posted on Fast Company, author Faisal Hoque argues that the key factor in success is perseverance.
“Success often has much more to do with perseverance than it does with a person's innate qualities. That isn't to say talent doesn't matter, just that it only goes so far without sacrifice and effort,” Hoque says.
Although he doesn’t list out the official definition of perseverance, it’s something to note: steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. Hoque goes on to cite several examples where incredibly successful people had to preserve before achieving greatness. Muhammad Ali, Dr. Seuss, Matt Damon, and Ben Affleck all had to face incredible challenges before they become successful in their respective fields.
“Failure—and the way we respond to it—is an important aspect of life’s journey. It creates innumerable chances to rethink our next steps, potentially leading to something greater than we first imagined,” Hoque points out.
Learn more about Hoque’s philosophy by reading his book, Survive to Thrive.
Is perseverance the most important factor in success?