Click Map for Details

Flag Counter

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Persistence, Creativity, and Hope

Is the security of your country in "silver and gold"? Stones and timber? Undercover dealings? Where does real security lie? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, p.518).

Essential qualities required for the well-being of any country or, for that matter, completion of any tasks however large or small are persistence and creativity. Since it is so common for first attempts to be less than ideally successful, persistence in the face of difficulties is simply a necessity. “To persist” defined: 1) To be obstinately repetitious, insistent, or tenacious. 2)To hold firmly and steadfastly to a purpose, state, or undertaking despite obstacles, warnings, or setbacks. (American Heritage Dictionary). Persistence ensures that one patiently stays on the scene long enough to realize success. But repetition alone may not suffice. Hence, the need for creativity.

Creativity: Ability to produce something new through imaginative skill, whether a new solution to a problem, a new method or device, or a new artistic object or form. The term generally refers to a richness of ideas and originality of thinking. Psychological studies of highly creative people have shown that many have a strong interest in apparent disorder, contradiction, and imbalance, which seem to be perceived as challenges. Such individuals may possess an exceptionally deep, broad, and flexible awareness of themselves. Studies also show that intelligence has little correlation with creativity; thus, a highly intelligent person may not be very creative. (Britannica Concise Encyclopedia).

The related traits of persistence and creativity when combined provide the essential means leading to effectiveness. Both traits are naturally allied with hope which concurrently reinforces each of them. Without persistence, creativity, and hope no other assets alone – whether intelligence or wealth – are sufficient guarantors of success.

Print Page