We all run into our share of obstacles. Sometimes, those obstacles can get the best of us. To persevere, it helps to surround yourself with people who know what you're going through. This means you have to be open about the challenges you face.
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In an article posing the question "Why are some people so good at persisting?" CEO Nathan Kontny concludes that networking plays a big role in persevering:
Too many of us, especially those running businesses, suffer in isolation…don't be afraid to be honest with all those connections and actually ask for help. I can't believe how many people tell me how well their company is doing, and three months later it's out of business. If only they had shared their challenges, maybe I or someone in their network could have helped.
It's natural to be afraid to share your challenges or difficulties. Maybe you're embarrassed that things aren't coming as easy as you'd hoped. Or maybe you simply don't want to bother people with your problems. But you might be surprised at just how well others can empathise with your challenges. If you can turn to those people when times get tough, it will make it a lot easier to persist your way to success.
As 99U puts it:
If you have a network of people you can openly turn to whenever you need a fresh perspective or positive encouragement, you're likely to be better off than those who lock their problems up inside.
Check out the rest of what they have to say, and Kontny's full post, at the links below.