I've decided I have a new role model. Well, a whole bunch of new role models, actually.
If you've ever traveled someplace where extreme poverty and tourism overlap, you've experienced the persistence of roving vendors trying to sell you something. One of the most common in Cambodia was little kids trying to sell you packets of postcards.
They're incredibly persistent, these postcard kids. Some of the people they approach as they walk past flat out ignore them. Others smile and say no thanks, being sure not to break their stride or engage the kids further in conversation. Only a fraction actually stop and buy their postcards.
Despite what amounts to nonstop rejection, the kids keep at it, often approaching the same people who recently rejected them, always looking for that gap in the armor where they could wriggle in and make their sale. Looking back, it was really amazing to watch.
And then I start thinking, "If I showed an equal amount of persistence and tenacity, given the resources and opportunity I have available to me, what could I be doing? What could I be making happen?"
It's clear to me that these little kids have me beat hands down when it comes to moving and shaking to makes things happen. That in turn has me thinking, "What would it look like if I showed an equal amount of drive and persistence? What would I be doing? What actions would I be taking? Where am I giving up too easily?"
If I can take what I saw with the postcard kids and apply it to my own journey, I have no doubt it will have an amazing impact.
What about you? If you were to live up to the example of the postcard kids, what would you be doing? What would you try that you haven't yet? Who would you contact? What attempts would you make? What would you try again?
Brought to you by Curt Rosengren, Passion Catalyst TM