WOW Word-Of-the-Week #500: Tenacity

March 4, 2014 by · Comments Off on WOW Word-Of-the-Week #500: Tenacity 

Tenacity – persistent determination.

 Have you ever failed at something and continued to try again? Would you have the strength and determination to continue if you failed for 5 years? Would you have the strength and determination to continue if you failed for 20 years?

One of the most successful people I know failed for five years before he started having some degree of success. Now, that’s persistent determination!

You probably have heard of him too. In 1969, he moved to Nashville to make it as a country singer. He was rejected by 26 record labels before securing a record deal. His debut album sold only 324 copies. Flat broke; he moved to south Florida and played in the local bars where, at times, nobody even showed up.

In 1974, he had his first hit single. But it wasn’t until 1977 that he became an “overnight” star. Have you figured out who it is? Jimmy Buffet! He continues to be one of the top grossing acts and has a cult following. He has continued his success by creating a clothing company, restaurants, writing children’s books and several other ventures.

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Dallas Buyers Club

Did you watch the Oscars on Sunday? Did you see Dallas Buyers Club? Did you know that it took 20 years and 86 rejections before it was finally financed and filmed?

This week’s focus is on tenacity. The question is, “Do you have tenacity?” Would you have persistent determination for one year? Would you have persistent determination for seven years?  How about 20 years? When we really want something and know it in our heart, we will do whatever it takes to keep going and make it happen! What are you determined to have? How persistent are you willing to be to get it?