What Single Ingredient Is the Key to Success?
Author: Tom Blubaugh

Several years ago I was interviewed for a business magazine. The reporter wanted to know what was the one thing that caused me to be successful. I could tell she was surprised when I responded, “persistence.”

“Persistence”, she asked?

“Yes”, I replied.

Rejection concept.

I went on to tell her I had hired those who failed who were:

  • impeccable dressers
  • extremely gifted in speech

Business meeting, seminar or training

  • very charming
  • highly educated
  • gifted with personality

Business woman in an office. Crossed arms

  •  highly confident.

“But, I have never hired a person who was persistent–one who did every day what she needed to do, regardless of the results of the previous day, who failed. Those who don’t quit, don’t fail. Those who choose to continue day in and day out, cross the finish line.

continue or go back

 “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.”–Henry Ford

Never Give Up sign with clouds and sky background

Change something today to make your tomorrow better.

Tom Blubaugh
Literary Strategist, LLC



  1. Tom Blubaugh

    You’re welcome, Lyn. I write my posts to myself as well as my followers.



  2. Lyn Pickering

    Persistence grows on the back of continual failure. In failure, you have two choice – you go on, or you give up. Thanks for the reminder, Tom.


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