Finding Success & Significance
In the book P.E.R.S.I.S.T.E.N.C.E., co-authors Ericka Kelly and Leffort Fate share life and career lessons as well as powerful stories from other Executive Enlisted Military Leaders. The book provides an inside look for anybody planning on serving, currently serving, or who has served the military.
P.E.R.S.I.S.T.E.N.C.E. is also a tool to individuals or organizations to find success and significance. The book offers teachings from different personalities and diverse backgrounds. The overall lesson for the reader is to be persistent, not to give up, and to have faith in self!
Great leadership is the key to everything. People will endure hardship, change and transform under strong leadership.
Author and Retired General Larry O. Spencer wrote in the forward:
“I am particularly impressed that the authors chose P.E.R.S.I.S.T.E.N.C.E. as their title and theme. It was persistence that carried me from an inner-city neighborhood into the Air Force.
It was persistence that allowed me to achieve my college degree and apply for Officer’s Training School. It was persistence that allowed me to excel as an Airman, Officer, and General Officer and it was persistence that propelled me to be the 37th Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force.”
When Ericka and Lefford began planning this book, they decided to center the conversations around the word persistence and choose a keyword for each of the letters:
“There is no passion for being found playing small–in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” – Nelson Mandela
“No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.” – Theodore Roosevelt
“If you think you have peaked, find a new mountain.” – Unknown
“Success is when I add value to myself. Significance is when I add value to others.” – John Maxwell”
“I was invisible to you even though I swore to the same oath… I no longer am.” – Unknown
“You cannot just take from the world. You must give to the world.” – Unknown
“Better has no finish line.” – Joseph Bogdan
“In the end, we all get what we deserve!” – Clint Eastwood
“Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be thankful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.”
— John Wooden
“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them become what they are capable of being” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“If you cannot fly, then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.” – Martin Luther King Jr.