This year marks the 20th anniversary of Management Services Northwest (MSNW). Taking a small cleaning and landscaping company from the living room of my home to a multi state facility management firm has been an exciting journey with many lessons learned along the way. Over this year, I would like to share with you 10 tools that greatly influenced our success, and took our company from ordinary to extraordinary.
Tool #5 Perseverance – Never Give Up
When the going gets tough….
Can you immediately finish that sentence? We have all heard the phrase, “When the going gets tough the tough get going.” Easier said than done. When the going gets tough, do you get going? Do you persevere? Or do you give up, or sit and wait. Wait in disbelief, wait for circumstances to change, or wait for someone else to do something.
Every business faces periods of tremendous opportunity and equally periods of challenge. Over the years as CEO of MSNW I have faced financial hardships, growing pains, lack of growth pains, seemingly impossible client situations, labor shortages, and employee issues. Perseverance has been a choice I have made over and over again through the difficult times. Webster defines perseverance this way:
Steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.
Synonyms: persistence, tenacity, determination, staying power, indefatigability, steadfastness, purposefulness
Never give up. There will always be struggles to overcome. We have a choice to allow difficult times to make us bitter or better. We have a choice to do something. Never give up, no matter what happens. When you fall down, or are kicked down, always get back up, put one foot in front of the other and keep going.
A commitment to perseverance over the last 20 years has strengthened our character, taken us forward, and made our company extraordinary.
“Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of the hard work you already did.” — Newt Gingrich
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” — Martin Luther King Jr.