Working Conversations Episode 100:
What the Most Persistent People Do
Do you ever wonder what sets the most persistent people apart from the rest of us? What drives them to keep pushing forward in the face of obstacles and setbacks, while others give up?
If you know me, once I get pondering something, I absolutely have to research it and find out what body of evidence there is about the topic it is that I’m pondering. Persistence seems to be the perfect topic to ponder in celebration of the 100th episode of the Working Conversations Podcast.
As a female keynote speaker, I know the value of persistence personally. It take some serious persistence to prepare and deliver a speech to hundreds or even thousands. For this episode of the podcast, I researched persistence and it turns out that there are a number of factors involved in having the innate ability to persist even when the going gets tough, including genetics, personality traits, and vision.
In this episode, I take a moment to reflect on the persistence and determination it took to reach this milestone. I also dive into the topic of persistence and explore what sets persistent people apart from others and the key factors that contribute to persistence.
Drawing from history, I highlight examples of famous people who were persistent in their pursuit of success, including Thomas Edison, Walt Disney, Michael Jordan, and Stephen King. These individuals overcome obstacles and setbacks but never gave up on their goals.
Moreover, I also explain the science behind persistence and the role of dopamine in the brain. I share insights from a 2012 study published in the Journal of Neuroscience which found that participants who were more willing to play a more difficult version of a math game released higher levels of dopamine in areas of the brain related to reward and motivation.
Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a student, or simply seeking to improve yourself, this episode is a must-listen for you to cultivate persistence and determination in your own life.
Listen and catch the full episode here or wherever you listen to podcasts. You can also watch it and replay it on my YouTube channel, JanelAndersonPhD.
Thanks for listening and here’s to the next 100 episodes!
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