“Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.” -- Bill Bradley
“Paralyze resistance with persistence.” -- Woody Hayes
“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” -- Winston Churchill
Persistence is one of my primary characteristics. I just don’t know how to give up. That, and my ignorance, in most cases, that there was no possibility for failure. And, when I look back over my life, persistence has been the characteristic that has led me to some small successes.
I gave up college to get married and have a child. But when my son was eight, I went back and got my degree in education. After another child and a number of years teaching in the secondary school system, I made the leap to get my graduate degree. It was difficult. My husband traveled almost 90 percent of the time for his work, and between working, being a mother and going to school it would have been easy enough to stop trying for an advanced degree. But, I persisted and got it.
Fast forward a few years where I was tasked, now as an executive in a publishing house, to develop a magazine and a companion trade show and conference. With only a handful of team members, I pushed through 14-hour days, sometimes six or seven days a week. But, we did it, and today, almost 30 years later, Special Events magazine and The Special Event are considered leading resources for the event industry.
Not satisfied working for others, my husband and I launched McKibben Communications. We both kept pushing until we had made the Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Companies list three years running. It was perseverance that did the trick there.
Finally, from the time I was 14, and my Daddy told me I was a writer, I knew I had to write something worthy of getting published. So, after starting my own McKibben Consulting writing/editing business and working with my clients, I started writing. My first efforts were awful. Oh, I’d written for other people all my life, but fiction was a new thing for me. So, I restarted with a memoir. My life read like fiction, so why not? I self-published it so that other women wouldn’t make the same mistakes that I had. Then, it was time to go after bigger fish. A piece of fiction that would touch others. It took me a number of years, but I stuck with it, and Luke’s Tale was born. I was in it now. This one got a publisher, and great reviews! All right! So what did I do?
Why, I was persistent. I needed to try something even more “fantastical!” And so, you have Snow Blood Season 1. Snow Blood Season 2 should join it this summer. All I can say is: if you want to succeed in your goals, you have to keep on keeping on!
Till Next Time,