In October of 2017, I had the good fortune to go London and Cambridge for the first time as part of British Leaders Connect Programme. We got to meet the Arsenal fan, who is also a speaker of the house of commons, Speaker John Bercow. Hosting us for cocktail that evening, and ready go watch Arsenal with his son, he spoke passionately to us.
His big message, was essentially, ‘I may not be a man of great intelligence, but I work hard and persist’. This message is rare today. We often celebrate brilliance, intelligence and rarely do we celebrate hard work. Speaker was kind enough to accept to invite my speaker friend to UK Parliament and in a joking way made me promise that he will pay for his ticket and wont spit on the speaker.
Next time, you need to do something, remember these words of Speaker John, who lost 2X in contesting as a parliamentarian, resigned, changed his views and because of his persistence he now leads the house of commons. Hard work, really hard work and persistence pays.