I remember two things in particular from when I started in the business:
- The DJIA was just coming off a low of 776.
- I had taped on my desk by my phone the Calvin Coolidge quote on persistence (more on that in a moment).
Since then, I have had a passion for learning how to maintain peak performance and share the results with the advisors I work with. What I’ve learned is that it is possible to maintain a regular and consistent level of peak performance if you employ the following 4 keys:
Let’s break each of these down:
1) Persistence – We all get knocked down from time to time. These are the times you need to give of yourself and a little more. The marathon runner hits the wall. The boxer hits the mat. Many times, the problems or challenges we face force us to grow and become more capable. Those who persist in spite of the obstacles they encounter usually prevail. They reach ahead to achieve their vision of the future.
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”