Patience and Persistence


These two deceptively simple concepts can make a world of difference in how things turn out for someone…including you, dear reader. Yet so many folks can’t seem to wrap their heads around either.

I’ll be the first to say that I’m in that category more often than not. Part of it is that I kind of get this “been there; done that” feeling when something starts falling apart. For me, it’s definitely not new.

Maybe I’ve been around the track more times than most people. Tried a lot of different things. Some seemed okay at first (like my 18th century British literature degree way back when); others took a little while to show their true colors (my last full-time PR job?!?). But in both and all cases, I learned something from the experience… “Don’t Give Up.”

And this is what I try to pass on to my University of Tampa now and Curry College before student friends and others. Not everything is going to just glide along smoothly…not in your schoolwork…not in your attempts to figure out what you actually want to do after college…not in your job search(es). There will be bumps along the way, and there will be those days when you just want to go outside and kick a squirrel. Patience.

You just have to take a long, deep breath and remind yourself again and again…”This  is not the end of the world…What have I learned from this particular experience?”

A friend/former student just recently informed me that, at long last, after countless searches and near misses, he had been offered a very cool job doing what he really wanted/wants to do. TIme will tell, of course, just how things will turn out, but…he didn’t give up. Persistence,

I know I’ve said this a bazillion times. Don’t bottle up your feelings. Have someone you can have a reality-check conversation with…a mentor, a professor, your parakeet… And have confidence in yourself and in your ability to make good things happen.

There you have it. My “sermon” for the day. You have a bright, successful future ahead of you, but it’s not going to come easily. That’s perfectly normal. Be patient…be persistent…and it will come!

About kirkhazlett

35+ years' federal government and nonprofit organization PR experience followed by more than 20 years' undergraduate and graduate college teaching experience. Community and media relations expertise, as well as a fanaticism for quality service and customer satisfaction. PR for healthcare and member services organizations ranging from Blood Bank of Hawaii to Medical Area Service Corporation to Boston Harborfest. Consulting services for Manila and Singapore Red Cross.
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