(The Three P’s) A famous pianist was asked how he got to be so amazingly good. His response: “I know a secret trick – PRACTICE”. To which the questioner would think – “wait a minute; that means that anybody could get good by practicing.” The lesson here is that perseverance and patience can outdo natural ability, luck, or circumstance. It’s no accident that most people of success were the ones that worked the hardest and never gave up. To wit, some quotes from famous successful people:
It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.
–Albert Einstein (1879-1955), physicist and developer of the theory of relativity
Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.
–Thomas Edison (1874-1931), inventor of the light bulb
We will either find a way or make one.
–Hannibal (247-182 BC), Carthaginian General
A winner is just a loser who tried one more time.
–George M. Moore Jr. (1862-1940), Member U.S. House of Representatives
The Busy Dad lesson of “The Three P’s” (perseverance, patience, and perspective) is presented here (click to download). This may be teaching against the grain; impatience and impulsiveness are definitive traits of youth. But your kids are certainly going to need these qualities later in life in order to meet the challenges of adult career and life. The earlier they learn, the better off they’ll be.
The other point emphasized in “The Three P’s” is that you really don’t have to give up much to be persistent and patient. The phrase “what else would I be doing” implies that alternatives to the time spent pursuing one’s goals are likely spent on less worthwhile activities such as watching TV, sleeping late, going to the mall, and checking all the social media stuff for the 10th time in an hour, etc.