Persistence: Firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition
Lately, I have really been learning the value of persistence. I am not a fan of confrontation, by any means. But if someone tells me no, and I don’t believe it’s right, you better believe I will be fighting it. Let me clarify, however, the means with which I do that. I am a good writer. Writing is how I express myself best. And the great thing about writing is that it allows me to be able to confront people, companies, universities – and fight for what I believe is right - without face to face confrontation. It’s absolutely great. Had a horrible experience at a restaurant? I’ll write the company later and tell them what I think could be better. Can’t get credit for an internship because I missed the application deadline (even though I was just notified I got the internship)? Baloney. I wrote my university, was told no, but kept persisting until finally they said yes.
You see, that’s my philosophy on most anything in life. Want a job at that dream company? Keep bugging them, coming around, persisting, so that eventually they might as well hire you because you’re around most of the time anyway!
Get connected. Network. Find the important people, the people who can actually make changes, and talk to them.
I got my internship at Anchor through being persistant. And I’m now getting credit for it because of that same persistance.
Does it always work? Unfortunately, no. I decided to change universities and was charged 50% of my tuition. Did I fight that? Absolutely. Did I keep fighting it? You bet. But eventually, I had to give in otherwise they would screw up my credit score by my not paying that money. I could write a whole book on what I find wrong about that university and their policies, but that’s not the point here. Whether I “won” that battle or not, I guarantee you, they remember by name.
And that’s how you do it. I got my internship because I persisted, and because they remembered my name, and my website.
So my advice to you is this: Don’t give up. Keep trying. Keep getting your name out there. Get people to remember your name.
And even though you may not win every “battle”, you can still be a catalyst for change.
And I promise you, it will pay off one day.