Consistency and Persistency
“Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence.”-Ovid
In a stone mine, when labors are stamping hard with hammers, the stones are not broken immediately but the minute particles are unleashed by continuous blows. In the same way, when you are working on any task regularly despite hindrances, the desired results are derived. Similarly, regular and continuous unchanging focus culminates into the desired form of outcome.
During childhood, when we played with a magnifier glass, we were surprised by the smoke and burning when we kept it in sunlight and the newspaper caught fire. If we keep a bigger magnifier glass in sunlight and when rays are concentrated at the bottom, it makes a hole in the iron. Water dripping on the stone does not make much difference but if it is dripping days together it may make a hole in the stone.
I recall an event of my childhood days. There was a man in my native village in which he used to lift the calf when it was born. It was a daily routine for him to lift the calf for months together. After so many months, when at a particular time he lifted the calf now that had grown to a giant size bull, people were surprised how he could lift a bull but it was a daily routine for months, and the bull was also trained for the process of lifting. A small little increment in the weight was negligible for the man and he could lift the bull due to his daily consistent efforts.
Rich DeVos and Jay Van Andel from Ada Michigan were two friends who shared a similar goal and ambition: they wanted more out of life for themselves, their families, and their friends. In 1959 — after numerous ventures into entrepreneurship, they started a new business together in the basement of their homes. They built Amway.
They failed pathetically in the initial days. They were spending money lavishly but only a couple of gentlemen appeared in the hall which was having a capacity of one thousand people. But they consistently and persistently built the business and spread it in 100 countries with 450 products.
During one of the interviews, master blaster cricketer Sachin Tendulkar was asked by the editor of a leading newspaper agency in India, “What is the secret of 100 centuries in your career?” Sachin replied in a very polite manner, “I face 500 balls daily during my net practice.” Again, the editor asked, “But you must be taking rest on the next day when you score a century.” Sachin again replied, “If I had scored double century then also I face such deliveries next morning.” It was a consistent effort of day by day that made legendary.
Record of swimmer Mark Andrew Spitz
In 1972, Summer Olympics in Munich whiling winning seven gold medals all in world record time, media people asked Mark Andrew Spitz, an American former competitive swimmer, and nine-time Olympic champion, “you must be lucky!” He replied in a very polite manner, “It was not only luck but hard-work. I worked out 10,000 hours in the swimming pool.” It is an important calculation here that he must have worked out for 2500 hours every year that is considered to be 7 to 8 hours work out on daily basis. This great achievement must not have been possible without persistent and consistent efforts on daily basis.
Great Composer Beethoven
Ludwig van Beethoven was a German pianist and composer of the transitional period between the late Classical and early Romantic eras. He is often regarded as one of the most brilliant, prolific, and influential composers of all time.
During his one of the concerts, Beethoven was asked by one of the youngest spectators,
“Can I play piano like you?”
He replied in a lucid manner,” Yes you can!”
The boy again asked, “Just like you?”
Beethoven said, “Yes, definitely!”
The boy said, “How?”
He said, “You have to do what I have done in the last 40 years. I have practiced for 8 hours a day consecutively with passion.”
There is no short cut for success, you have to be consistent and persistent in a variety of genres you are working for.
1. Rome was not built in a day.
2. Persistent is carrying on a task even despite difficulties. Consistent, on the other hand, is regular and unchanging.