Yesterday I posted about the importance of persistence and focus in building a successful organization. Last night I was in my dad’s office fixing one of many his persistent computer problems when I came across a Japanese proverb he had scrawled on his wall:

Nana korobi, ya oki

Seven falls, eight rises – a zen Buddhist saying. The story written with the proverb said that the Buddha persisted in his pursuit of enlightenment for nine long years, loosing limbs and failing many times. My father is handicapped, completely his left leg is completely paralyzed, and he moves slowly with the help of a cane. The pain and frustration he exudes as a result has infected our relationship. But in an ironic way, though our pursuits are very different, we are both struggling to persist.

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