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Persistence: How to Attain it and Reap its Rewards

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If there’s anything that holds true in this world, it’s that persistence pays off. Why do we say so? Well, it’s because there are real-life examples virtually everywhere you look. It’s almost impossible to ignore them and how they change people’s lives.

Perhaps the most recent is the tale of a young Lyubomir Vladimirov. This man with the seemingly complicated name is a Russian game developer. He is planning on creating a video game about the colonization of Mars, and even we are excited about that. Unfortunately, there is a catch. He needs to use the logo and name of Elon Musk’s company – SpaceX. When you consider Elon Musk’s work with extraterrestrial travel, this only makes sense.

But, in any sane clime, you cannot just pick up someone’s company, slap it on your video game, and use it how you please. No, that’s a recipe for a lawsuit that will put you on your knees. You have to ask for permission first. But, there was a problem for Lyubomir Vladimirov. He didn’t exactly have direct access to Elon Musk to ask him for permission.

So, he went on Twitter and said, “Dear Elon. I am a game developer, and I am making a game about the colonization of Mars with you and SpaceX. If you think it’s cool, all I need is a ‘go-ahead’ to use your name and logos. I will post this every day for a year or until I get a ‘yes’ or a ‘no.'”

True to his word, he tweeted. The first day passed. The second day passed. The third day wasn’t much different, but in all that time, he never got a response from Elon Musk. Nevertheless, he remained persistent and continued to try to work his way to approval. Getting that approval would’ve been a key part of his career.

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For more than 150 days, he continued to tweet at Elon, and guess what? One of the world’s busiest men finally responded to him. This, dear friend, is the result of persistence.

Now, you’re probably wondering, “how exactly do I get to this level? What do I do to become so persistent that I can achieve my dreams?” To answer that, here are a few tips:

  • Repeat your efforts. You should continue doing this for as long as is possible and reasonable. It is one of the surefire ways to achieve your dreams.
  • Change your strategy. If the first isn’t working, do not quit. You can still make it. Simply change your strategy and have another go at it.
  • Rest and start again. This is incredibly important to keep in mind. You cannot succeed if you are too tired to lift a finger.
  • Reward yourself at specific milestones.
  • Never stop being optimistic.

In case you’re wondering, you should know that it really is that simple. All you have to do is start and work towards not quitting no matter what happens. Not everyone is a Lyubomir Vladimirov. But, by that statement, we mean that not everyone is Russian. When it comes to achieving your dreams, everyone can certainly do it with persistence and commitment.

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