04 Apr



Many skills are required to be successful in sales. Etsy sellers require creative skills, marketing skills, time management skills, search engine optimization (SEO) skills, sales and customer service skills, and social media and technology skills. And yet all these skills pale in contrast to perseverance, which is the one skill that often, makes up for our deficiencies in other areas.  Having perseverance allows us to be successful no matter what obstacles are placed in front of us.087

It isn’t a cake walk to meet sales and marketing challenges head on while wading through the competition and dealing with customer service issues.  And yet many of us know what we need to do and yet we simply don’t do it.  We sometimes spend our time looking for an easy way out rather than using the path of determination and perseverance and doing what we need to do even when we don’t feel like doing it .  We want to achieve multiple sales, lose weight or get rich instantly! We want immediate gratification and we don’t want to do the painstaking, persistent and thorough work that it takes to achieve these successes. I believe that the ability to persevere is the key to success in all walks of life.

Remember the children’s storybook about “The Little Engine That Could?”

Courtesy of RoadsidePhotos

Courtesy of RoadsidePhotos

Talk about determination and perseverance!  Perhaps the best technique to conquer the skill of perseverance is to just start. Sometimes just beginning a task is often the most difficult.  However once you begin, you pick up the drive that leads to your success and accomplishment.  never ever ever give up!

We must learn to persevere in whatever task we take on. I’ve been married for a large number of years and if anyone were to ask “how have you hung in there so long?”  I would of course first reply that being married to such an easy-going, lovable, man makes it easy; however I sincerely believe that having the ability to persevere is also very critical!

In the best of marriages you have your moments when it just seems like too much work and it would be so easy to say “adios my fine fellow” but by persevering through the hard stuff you reap amazing long-term rewards.

We need to practice being determined and persistent.  Whether it is simply exercising, learning a new skill, staying in a relationship or working diligently on our SEO, we need to resolve that we will persevere until the task is completed or until we are satisfied with our results and ready to move on.

Desire may be the key to motivation, but it’s through determination and perseverance while in pursuit of our goals that enables us to attain the success we seek.  Many of us remember being told when we were young that “a job worth doing was worth doing well” followed up with “do it well or don’t do it at all.” Perseverance, in my humble opinion, is the one skill that guarantees your success!

What do you think?

Which skill do you consider to be of importance in attaining success in life?


Posted by on April 4, 2013 in Open for Discussion


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7 responses to “PERSEVERANCE

  1. elizabeth england

    May 15, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    I could not agree with you more. What I’ve learned about being married for 25 years has definitely helped me preserver while building my business on Etsy. This was inspiring, thanks.

    • BlackCrowCurios

      May 16, 2013 at 12:29 am

      Hi Elizabeth marriage really does help us in the ‘perseverance department’ !

  2. Nan

    April 10, 2013 at 6:39 am

    I love that you referenced The Little Engine That Could! I often say to myself, “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can . . . I knew I could, I knew I could, I knew I could”!

    • BlackCrowCurios

      June 19, 2013 at 1:52 am

      that was such a great story for learning to never give up!

  3. whimsyburd

    April 8, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    I agree with everything you wrote. I feel having patience is a skill that will also help in achieving ones goal. In this fast paced world that is lacking with many and they wonder why they can not accomplish something. I love what I do and know that it is not ever a fast process (painting furniture and such.) However, I know that since I take my time and am persistent at what I do the outcome will be well worth it (:

    • BlackCrowCurios

      June 19, 2013 at 1:53 am

      yes, exactly, just take your time and accomplish what you’ve set out to do…

  4. Milorne

    April 5, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    What a uplifting act of kindness and generosity. Lifted my spirits and makes a person smile on the inside!!


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