The Art of Being Pleasantly Persistent

My friend, Rick, would tell you that he was not the most talented actor in our class of 13 at the Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory.  Yes, 1,000 people nationwide audition each year for those coveted 12 or 13 places in their intensive three year graduate school program, so we know he was gifted.  But most of the students were BOFFO acting/singing/dancing talents (sorry, I can’t put myself in that category either).  So why is it that after graduate school HE got more great acting jobs that anyone in our class?

Because he had mastered the art of being what I call “Pleasantly Persistent.”

He made lots of phone calls, spoke with many people, sent thank you notes, used humor, asked again, and again…and again.  In other words, he didn’t give up easily.  He would do things that most of us simply wouldn’t do.  And he got the jobs.

We are told that the average person will get seven to ten “no’s” before they will get the “yes” they are looking for.

So maybe the next time someone says “no” to you, you can respond by saying, “Excellent!  Thank you so much!  You only have to say ‘no’ six more times and then we’ll be good to go!”

From your oh so plesantly persistent motivational speaker, Linda Larsen


Motivational Speaker Linda Larsen, CSP has been described by meeting planners and audiences as "hysterically funny," and "riveting." Known for her ability to connect on an authentic and emotional level with audiences, her spontaneous sense of humor, and her engaging and powerful stories, Linda is passionate about sharing ideas to help people live their finest, best, and most productive lives. Her riveting and true story of being kidnapped and held hostage at gunpoint by an escaped convict, and the strategies she used to escape, will give people the tools THEY need to rise above any of life's toughest challenges, to communicate more effectively with THEIR difficult person, and to find creative solutions to THEIR problems. To book motivational speaker, Linda Larsen: 941-927-4700

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  1. This is so true Linda. Brilliant point from a brilliant motivational speaker! I always tell my audiences that reaching dreams is often not about talent, but persistence. It’s about dusting yourself off, over and over and over. Staying in the race.  We all hit the pot holes and the challenges along the way – and it’s never the pothole that brings us down – but how we react to it.  Will we let it make us or break us? Will we stop or keep going? Thank you for the encouraging words that we all need to hear. May we all be pleasantly persistent,

  2. As someone who has always seen herself as the tortoise, rather than the hare, I so connect. Persistence pays off over and over again. Thanks, Linda!

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