Marie Curie, famous for her discovery of radium and polonium and recipient of a 1903 Nobel Prize in Physics, did not stumble upon success. Far from it. The Curies had to work to make ends meet and performed their research under difficult laboratory conditions.
Quiet and dignified, Mme. Curie has been quoted as saying, “Life is not easy for any of us… We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”
The Curies had a vision and the perseverance to reach it. Perseverance is an essential success factor for business owners. Owners also should value and retain employees and managers who possess this kind of “stick-to-it-ness.” You can spot people with the trait by noticing their focus on tasks, their ability to endure despite obstacles. These successful people are tenacious; they don’t give up or run for help when faced with a problem, and they’re invested and engaged in their work.
To identify people who persevere when interviewing new hires, ask questions such as, “Can you tell me about a time when you had to overcome obstacles or solve a complex problem?” or “Have you ever tackled a long-term project that took many steps and weeks of attention to complete?”
Perseverance is more than enduring obstacles; it’s the ability to see into the future at what an organization/department/product or service can be. Once you recognize perseverance in yourself or others, do all you can to reward it. If you or an otherwise awesome employee have vision and passion, but give up a little more easily than you should, tweak your skills, patience, and characteristics that help you persevere. Learn more about how to measure this success factor in yourself and in colleagues or employees, and how to fast track people who can grow your business at Success Factors Inc.