“As long as you’re resilient and persistent, things can happen even much later. Everyone is on their own path and maybe it’s even a little bit sweeter if it takes a little bit longer.”
– Rajeev Ram (American tennis player)
Since late September, in the tennis world, Roger Federer, sports icon has gathered all the headlines after announcing his retirement and playing his last match in London. Lost in the spotlight was future hall of famer Rajeev Ram, an American doubles specialist who became the oldest first time ATP player ranked number one after he achieved the top spot in the doubles ranking. Rajeev is 38 years old.
His words of wisdom (above) resonate for me, especially since I am approaching the 28th – year anniversary of starting SMARTKETING. Since I began my adventure back in 1994, the dogma I advocate both in business and life, is patience and fortitude. I have posted numerous times on this subject: The Library Lions and Patience & Fortitude. It appears Mr. Ram and I are on the same page regarding the value of patience and fortitude. However, he also added one more tenet;resiliency.How true! Since 1994 I have had my fair share of ups and downs and in-betweens. Candidly, life and business have been a rollercoaster ride. Being resilient has been key.
“Resilience isn’t a single skill. It’s a variety of skills and coping mechanisms. To bounce back from bumps in the road as well as failures, you should focus on emphasizing the positive.”
– Jean Chatzky (American Journalist)
Jimmy. Loved the post. Didn’t realize we founded our companies the same year -1994. Like you we have seen up and downs, with some great highs and some discouraging lows. One of the traits that has served me well was perseverance.
I agree ! a major ingredient