Why persistence wins you an Oscar.

Linda Business, Efficiency, Goals, Mindset Leave a Comment

Today is the morning after the 90th Oscars. The euphoria is over and the winning are bathing in the celebration and accolades and I’m sure a few are nursing hangovers following the infamous after parties.

Gary Oldman flew the flag for Britain at the Oscars, taking home the coveted Best Actor gong. He’d already collected the Best Actor awards at the Baftas, the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Critics’ Choice Awards, so winning the Academy Award too wasn’t the biggest shock for fans. Born 21 March 1958, he began acting on stage in 1979.

Oldman – who played Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour revealed he would carry Churchill’s ‘We shall fight on the beaches’ speech in his coat pocket at the Oscars. His acceptance speech was emotional and thankful and he spoke fondly to his 98 year old mum saying “Put the kettle on I’m bringing Oscar home.”

It’s a good month for Oldman to win his Oscar, given that he celebrates his 60th in a few weeks’ time. But this was not Gary’s first nomination. 

It wasn’t always great and he experienced a career slump between 2002 – 2003. However his resurgence started in 2004, Oldman returned to prominence when he landed a significant role in the  Harry Potter film series, playing Harry Potter’s godfather Sirius Black.

Following this he then earned his first Academy Award nomination and a BAFTA Award nomination for his portrayal of British spy George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011). 

How must that be – they say everyone who attends the Oscars is a potential winner, but by the end of the evening there are a handful of winners and a room of losers. Now that is tough! So how so you keep going, honing your craft and persisting after such epic failure played out in front of literally millions of fans watching on TV and surrounded by your famous peer group. How does anyone get over that?

Well, having a goal, a vision and winning strategy are critical steps. But most important a dogged determination and to build personal resilience, and finally be persistence. Pleasantly persistent and consistent. To take action, every single day – no matter what.



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>> Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success. Napoleon Hill

It’s important to want things, to have goals and aspirations, but it’s even more important to take the action to achieve them. Thoughts alone won’t get you to the goal line, you’ll need to do the work necessary to reach the objective.

>> Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty and persistence. Colin Powell

The qualities that will carry you through to achieve your goals are often the same ones that are also necessary for great leadership. As an entrepreneur, a busy busy owners you’ll likely be a leader, so having the skills and quality to inspire as well as persevere will be key to your personal growth and success.

Having a business is tough, being an entrepreneur is tough, there are many many obstacles you experience on a daily basis. The only way for busy business owners to respond to these daily obstacles is indefatigable persistence.

>> Energy and persistence conquer all things. Benjamin Franklin.

They say that persistence is the entrepreneur secret weapon. So if you want your Business Oscar take a look at your business armory, expect success and take a leaf out of Gary Oldman’s book and be persistence today, tomorrow and every day!


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