Persistence Pays Off

Success is almost totally dependent upon drive and persistence. The extra energy required to make another effort or try another approach is the secret of winning.

Denis Waitley 

My late father was a wonderful mentor to me all through his long and active life. Of the many things he taught me the one that stood out the most and has consistently worked for me was – persistence pays off. He came across to most people as very lucky. But it wasn’t just luck. He created visions for his goals and worked hard to achieve them. He used to tell us that if you regularly bought lottery tickets eventually, one day, your numbers would come up. We didn’t believe him until one day, in early 1974, his numbers did come up and he won the Opera House Lottery.

Over the years I have come more and more to see the wisdom of his ways, not just for entering lotteries and competitions but also in daily life: if you work hard and you persist and are consistent you will achieve things. But here we are talking about comping so let’s get back to that and look t it through his eyes.

I have definitely noticed that the compers who do extremely well over time are also quite determined and persistent. It take effort and energy to first get to know all the ins and outs of comping; how it all works; how to make the right contacts and finally to put a fair bit of time in working at it and developing a unique flair. But it does get easier as you go along as in the famous words of Thomas Jefferson “I’m a great believer in luck: the harder I work, the luckier I get”.     I persisted with the guessing game on the site here for six months until, yes – my numbers eventually did come up. It was a small win but it was a very timely win as I was a little cash-strapped that week and cash is always welcomed in my home. Persisitence has always worked for me when I am in need of something. I just keep going and believe I will get there.

I often persist with multiple draw and multiple entry competitions because the more you can enter the more chances you have of winning. And this often pays off too.

I politely persist in chasing up a prize that hasn’t arrived when expected as I feel I am entitled to do that. It usually does the trick…eventually.

I persist with the idea of winning a car or overseas holiday (even though I win a lot of other smaller prizes by comparison) because even if it is a remote chance I believe, like my father, that one day my numbers are likely to come up.

I persist with comping because I enjoy it and the little (and big) wins always put a smile on my face and on the faces of those who end up receiving them. I am sure they are pleased with my persistence

Finally, I probably persist because I am just plain stubborn and determined and refuse to give up!

Photo Attribution – Dana Lookadoo

After working for thirty years as a journalist/historian, Jenny started writing sci-fi for children and adults and occasionally illustrating them (when she was not spending time with her grandkids). Most have been published in The School Magazine, anthologies and online. She has also been contributing to a wide variety of magazines such as Antiques and Collectables for Pleasure and Profit, Australiana and Nurture. Now essentially retired Jenny has taken up a challenge of entering and (hopefully winning) competitions. Jenny will track her journey through this challenge here at www.competitions.com.au.

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