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The Irresistible Power of Persistence

Never Give Up sign

This week’s podcast in English is about the silent but irresistible power of PERSISTENCE.


I dedicate this episode to all those who have a dream, have worked tirelessly towards the realization of that dream but are now about to give up. You are wanting to give up because perhaps you feel defeated, tired or hopeless. Whatever the case may be… do not give up. Persist!



I want to share with you one of my favorite passages from my favorite book: The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo.


“What you still need to know is this: before a dream is realized, the Soul of the World tests everything that was learned along the way. It does this not because it is evil, but so that we can, in addition to realizing our dreams, master the lessons we’ve learned as we’ve moved toward that dream. That’s the point at which most people give up. It’s the point at which, as we say in the language of the desert, one ‘dies of thirst’ just when the palm trees have appeared on the horizon.”


I absolutely LOVE that passage because it reminds me to be persistent when I feel like giving up on something. I doubt very much anyone of us would like to “die of thirst” with palm trees just around the corner. And yet, that’s when most people throw in the towel.




However, remember the best stories of triumph and victory are of people who almost gave up, but then didn’t. These were people who didn’t have what we may consider the right looks, talent or connections. Yet they are living proof of the mystical power of persistence. Consider JK Rowlings and Oprah… even the famous author Paulo Coehlo who wrote that very passage above.


If you think about it, there is no reward in life without persistence. Furthermore, I believe we were built to be naturally persistent. We learn to walk as babies because we are persistent. We learn to eat with a fork and talk because of our persistence. Everything you and I know how to do well is all the result of our past persistence. Perhaps we were persistent at an early age because we could not yet understand the limitations others wanted to impose on us. That came later and maybe that’s when we stopped aiming so high. There’s an age where we become aware of other’s opinion and, if we’re not careful, it starts to shape us and our view on what we can or can’t accomplish.


Also, somewhere along the way, we are fed this nonsense notion that somehow success should come easy and without much effort. We become frustrated when things are not handed to us in a silver platter, that people who are successful are plain lucky.


So take this as an invitation to rekindle your relationship with persistence. I truly believe that luck is nothing more than preparation (or persistence) meeting opportunity. Persist and you too shall have your “lucky break”.




Napoleon Hill said it best: THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR PERSISTENCE! It cannot be supplanted by any other quality! Remember this, and it will hearten you, in the beginning, when the going may seem difficult and slow. Those who have cultivated the HABIT of persistence seem to enjoy insurance against failure.


Imagine that… an insurance against failure. So mamacita, what limitations have you imposed upon yourself? Where are you selling yourself short and lacking in persistence?


In this podcast, I take the opportunity to share with you 3 empowering concepts regarding persistence:  💪💪💪

  1. In order for us to master or accomplish anything noteworthy, persistence is required.
  2. The universe will test you with all sorts of discouraging experiences throughout your journey. The key is not to give up!
  3. Every failure can be an opportunity for growth and to learn something you didn’t know before.


Hence, is there something you really want that you have given up on or are about to give up on? Do you internalize your failures as being seeds of an equivalent advantage and as opportunities to learn something?


Join the conversation and share your thoughts on the subject.


Remember, don’t be a mama con drama. Let’s be Mamas Con Ganas!



Un calido abrazo virtual,






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