Is It Hard For You to Be Persistent?

A Bloodhound is a dog! More specifically, it is a breed of dog known for being able to pick up a scent and find whoever or whatever is being tracked. Per Wikipedia: Its extraordinarily keen sense of smell is combined with a strong and tenacious tracking instinct ... it is used by police and law enforcement all over the world to track escaped prisoners, missing people, lost children, and lost pets.

One time a friend made a joke about me by calling me a bloodhound. If he were not a friend, the remark could have been interpreted as an insult. But he meant it as a compliment. He compared my persistence in completing a task or project to that of a bloodhound who had picked up a scent and would not stop until he had found what he was tracking.

But evidently, it's not that way for everyone.

Some people lack persistence. They may set out to accomplish a task but if it takes too long or proves to be difficult or arduous, or they get bored or distracted … THEY DO NOT PERSIST.

Ask them why and they have all kinds of excuses or reasons why but the fact remains that they don't complete the project. What's more? They have no determination or drive to carry on or see the matter through to the end. THEY QUIT!

Not sure why but:

It has always been easy for me to be persistent.

Some people persist but it is not easy. It does not come naturally. They really have to push themselves.

If you're being honest with yourself about yourself ... when you approach a task, how would observers describe your attitude, behavior or mindset?

Poll Options

  Like a bloodhound. Persistent and patient, and won't stop until the job is done. Vote
35.29% voted this
  Procrastinator but will eventually start the project and finish it! Vote
58.82% voted this
  Hate to say it but if the job is too hard, I'm a QUITTER! Vote
5.88% voted this
  The results of my psychoanalysis revealed ___. Vote
Total Votes: 34


To be persistent in doing something to finally achieve it is not easy, its very difficult because you will want to give up after many trial and error. I have been interested in doing online business since 2006, but up till now i have not succeeded yet, but i will still continue till i achieve my aim to leave my salary work and settle down to have my own work to earn a living with online work.
Posted by babyright on 03-29-2018
There is a saying in our language that persistence pays just like the adage that says “try and try until you succeed.” But it’s not really easy to be persistent especially when the situation is beyond your control and that the odds are against you. They say that when the going gets tough, the tough gets going but it is easier said than done. I am a conservative person and I always calculate the situation if I can be persistent or not.
Posted by Corzhens on 12-12-2018
I'll be the first to admit that I have been a procrastinator for my entire life. Now to be completely honest, I've stayed that way because it's never done me wrong. I've never had issues with school or work, because no matter how late into the assignment I was, I still got it done and received a good grade. That being said, when the work piled up I can admit that sometimes I felt like I was going to mentally crack under the pressure. After that realization, that the work isn't always going to come in a steady and manageable flow, I've started to try and curb my natural inclination to procrastinate.
Posted by Denis_P on 03-29-2018
JB Fernandez
I am a bit lazy, and tend to relax sometimes even though I have a pending task. I love working stuffs in last minute scenario, that it gives me a different adrenaline rush. But, of course I always manage to finish that task without compromising the quality.
Posted by JB Fernandez on 03-29-2018
I was raised to be a "bloodhound", in the context of this post, and I think that this approach to activities and goals is just really hard-wired into me! My baby-boomer parents were not around much, so I was primarily raised by my WWII veteran grandfather. He would not tolerate procrastination, and he pounded a really intense work ethic into me before I even knew it! There aer times where I have procrastinated, of course--I am only human. However, procrastinating for too long really does make me very anxious, so to alleviate this feeling, I just go on ahead and finish my tasks and then I feel a lot less stressed!
Posted by JoeMilford on 03-29-2018
I don't look at the world from the angle where we need to continue pushing when the work is not being done in the right direction. Just like in my freelancing job, I try as much as I can to ensure that I offer my best and when I notice that the job is becoming quite difficult for me, I look for a way to take a break and come back stronger instead of being persistent and making mistakes at the end of the day.
Posted by Barida on 03-29-2018
I think being persistent is one of the hardest thing in the world. Not a lot of people can do that. And lot of times being persistent is hard too. You have to focus on many small things. And learn to adjust. That's something is not possible for many. And we learn from our mistakes in that context. So I think that in order to be persistent one has to be more focused.
Posted by overcast on 07-02-2018
No it is not. Especially when you live in a third world country you learn without persistence you will not get anywhere. I went away to college and did not spend my young adult years at home. When I came back home I was a big softie because the country I studied in was full of opportunities. When I came back home I had to learn to be tough. I had to learn that people are ruthless and mean and, If I want to make it to push on. If i don't get what I want to ask until the person listens.
Posted by jaymish on 03-29-2018
It's hard for me to be persistent if I'm trying. Sometimes it's easy especially, when I'm enjoying what I'm doing. Like reading books or watching your favorite TV shows. Not everyone can do the stuff we do. But we have to keep trying even when it's boring, laborious, and exhausting. That's why being persistent in unfortunate conditions isn't one of my best qualities.
Posted by Steve5 on 03-29-2018
its never easy to persist especially when ths future looks bleak and the centre no long holds but the good thing is that we learn a lot from it in the process. I can persist even to the point of breaking because I'm.a goal getter but one just have to be strong
Posted by lovely on 03-29-2018
Persistent is actually one of my qualities. If I start a project then I always make sure I complete it even if I have to go through many hurdles to achieve my goal. I try to motivate myself and use my exceptional skills and qualities to reach my objective. I also take advice from professionals at times.
Posted by Pixie on 03-29-2018
I am definitely a procrastinator. I will eventually get to do the work but I will be extremely lazy to actually get started on the work or job that I need to do. It's not great but the important thing is that I will end up starting and completing that particular job or piece of work which is great.
Posted by kingcool52 on 03-29-2018
Definitely, procrastination takes a lot of my time and I am trying to fix it, but it's not an easy task to accomplish. Living in this world, where we have smartphones, social medias and so on, it's very easy to get distracted from your work.
Posted by manmad on 03-29-2018
Sometimes I think we are moving towards a time that we might become so lazy to do other things than just to waste away on things that are not worth our time because we just love them. A lot of people delay doing things because of their devices not because they don't want to do it.
Posted by lovely on 03-30-2018
It is interesting to note that most of the people have voted for "Procrastinator but will eventually start the project and finish it! " I also happen to fall into this group. I do not immediately start to work, I procrastinate until I no longer can procrastinate. I have suffered a lot due to this habit, however, I cannot change myself.
Posted by vinaya on 03-29-2018
I think money seems to be motivation in many cases. If there is no money in sight. And it is getting harder in the long term. Then many people jump ship. And move away from the persistence and start to procrastinate. That's something we have to understand make changes for sure.
Posted by overcast on 03-31-2018
Being persistent can be quite difficult, especially if life gets in the way. It's very easy to start but tough to hang on. That's why most people cannot achieve their goals. The point that I'm trying to make here is sometimes you will get bored doing the same thing over and over again. But that doesn't mean you have to quit and do something else completely. You need to stay on this path and just keep pushing harder, and eventually, something great will happen. Never ever give up!!
Posted by TheInsaneSakif on 03-30-2018
If I'm just a persistent person, I think I would be where I wanted to be. I used to start something then after a while, my attention is focused on doing another thing. It is really difficult to be persistent. There are so many things that caught my attention. I am also a procrastinator.
Posted by vhinz on 03-30-2018
I think life does not work the same on day to day basis. And one has to find many other ways for being persistent. And that means some of the time it can be harder to manage in that case. And another thing is that persistence is not same for all people.
Posted by overcast on 03-31-2018
Most times my friends call me a dog with a bone or a blood hound because once I set my eyes on a task, I wouldn't stop until it's done. There is this particular friend of mine that calls me his motivator when it comes to working, anytime he is lagging behind with his task, he would just put a call through to me and ask me over and once I'm where he is, he would be encouraged to work because I'm always working. No relenting.
Posted by Martinsx on 03-31-2018
gata montes
Having always been extremely decisive as well as naturally persistent and most would describe me as somewhat of a bloodhound too - no its not something that I find hard.

In fact I much prefer to be this way - particularly as - apart from my persistence in all that I do having proved to be invaluable in the sense that - I wouldn’t have achieved what I have or got to where I am today without it - because nothing ever gets the chance to go on the back burner so speak either - not only does it make life way easier and less complicated - but more importantly - totally fulfilling and a whole lot more enjoyable too!
Posted by gata montes on 03-31-2018
I'm a bit lazy guy so I voted for being Procrastinator. But I know that even though I am lazy, I will always got to finish the task intended for me.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 04-01-2018
I am also like that, I do get lazy occasionally, however if I have work to do, I'll always finish it. You should always be serious about your work, no matter how you are feeling.
Posted by manmad on 04-02-2018
Thanks for the reply. But I think you are right. I need to get more serious about my work. And that will eventually makes me not be a procrastinator. As we grow old, procrastination becomes a bad habit.
Posted by MomoStarr16 on 09-20-2018
I admit to being a procrastinator most of the time but once I start something, I just get going. I often go the extra mile to reach my goals and in that sense, I'm a bloodhound. I'm juggling several roles at the same time and in some cases, I have no choice but to either postpone or cancel some plans. I don't think that backing out or delaying something makes me less persistent. Sometimes, a detour can be a safer or more logical course to take.
Posted by chatbox on 04-02-2018
I cannot consider myself a very persistent person but just persistent. When I want something, I try to save money so it can be a reality. If it cannot be bought like a position then I persevere so I can achieve it. But when I see that the odds are against me then I quit the chase. In other words, I am persistent but not to the extent of trying and trying until you succeed. I just try once or twice and that would be enough to make sense that it is not for me.
Posted by Corzhens on 04-02-2018
I am pretty much in the same boat. It can be really hard to be persistent. And even more harder to work with new people. So it can be harder as time goes on. I guess we learn from our experience. And some of the time we have to learn to adjust with many small things. But that does not work out form what I have seen. We have to just be easy on our own self.
Posted by overcast on 04-11-2018
Actually, when I'm doing some activity and I know that I have to finish it I made it, despite the tiredness and the feeling that I want to give up, but I continue until I finish because I have the necessity of ending everything I started. Now, when I know that I have to start doing some activity and I don't have a deadline I can postpone it.
Posted by cubo on 04-02-2018
I'm also like you. Once I set out to do something, there's no going back. I'll do it and finish it no matter how hard the process is. I'll endure every difficulty that lies ahead. When the going gets tough, I'll get tougher and breeze through it. Rinse and repeat until I finish what I set out to do.
Posted by EfficientNinja on 04-13-2018
I think it depends on the task at hand. The more passionate and inspired one is about what it is they're doing or trying to accomplish, the more persistent they'll be.
Posted by NickJ on 04-15-2018
Honestly, I tend to be persistent, but eventually I do some procrastination, specially when it's about a gigantic task. In the end, after doing a thousand stuff, I finish my job and I feel really glad about me and more proud too. But I guess it all depends on what I have to do, if it's something really important, or I really want to do that task, then for sure I will keep working in a very sick persistent way, until I get to the point and solve it.
Posted by ballyhara on 04-16-2018
I give up easily, I am not a persistent type of person. I rather not go through the hardship and opt for an easy way out to get rid of depression and stress. SO, I don't achieve much success in everything I do.
Posted by peachpurple on 04-18-2018
I think of my self as a persistent person, I'm a man focus and determination, I'm committed to doing my job and achieving my goal. I'm a good planner and whatever the main objective is, through patience and perseverance I am bound to achieve my goals. Everything has a solution and creating a flowchart to accomplish this is one of my aexpertise.
Posted by Kakashi2020 on 04-19-2018
Yes, it is very hard to be persistent if you don't like what you are doing. It is hard to look for a motivation when you don't want it. It is easy to be persistent if you love what you are doing.
Posted by bienn05 on 07-05-2018
For the most part, I have always been persistent. Persistent to the point of being referred to as a bloodhound by friends. But there are some things where I drag my feet. But they are usually not on my list of priorities or things that must be accomplished. But if it's something that I've deemed important? If there is a due date for it, it will be done ahead of time.
Posted by cmoneyspinner on 07-21-2018
It is never easy to be persistent. but if you are focused, goal-oriented and patient enough, this is an easy thing to do. Since I was a teenager, I always wanted to get the job done. I don't stop unless everything is okay. Success demands singleness of purpose. If one wanted to succeed in life, being persistent must always be practiced.
Posted by NesMarcos on 08-03-2018
I'm very lazy and skeptical so as much as I hate to admit it, I do end up just feeling defeated and unmotivated most of the time. I think it has a lot to do with the lack of direction I was exposed to growing up, and also my psychological makeup has also played a big role in it as I've always been an over thinker even when I was very young. I could remember being a kid and thinking a lot and noticing that not many kids were like me. I suppose I could use it to my advantage but as of now I'm not feeling too motivated to do much about it.
Posted by Wubwub on 08-03-2018
I am persistent when I am doing something that I really like. I mean people lose interest when they don't like what they are doing. Unlike when you do something you love, you will persist even if you encounter a lot of struggles and persecutions.
Posted by RhealaineS on 08-05-2018
It's hard for me to be persistent in a difficult situation but what I'll do when I'm having a hard time is, I would write down my goals and I would think about it over and over again to keep me focused on what my goal is.
Posted by Therese16 on 08-29-2018
It generally depends on my mood, I have to be honest. I am not naturally persistent but I can be under certain circumstances. Meaning, there's a need to be motivated and have real good reason to be persistent. It's not that I get disheartened or discouraged easily, I'm just a bit laidback. But I think I have already improved a lot which came with my maturity.
Posted by Chinet23 on 09-05-2018
I am a type of person who would do anything to finish the job on time. I would rather be persistent and push myself into my limit. I would never do a maniana habbit which is not helpful.
Posted by mark86 on 09-06-2018
Persistance need to be learnt and practised to perfection. It is nit hard though.
Posted by stbrians on 09-16-2018
I will vote for "Procrastinator but will eventually start the project and finish it!". I am guilty of sometimes complaining why I am assigned certain tasks especially if I think I already have too much in my plate. But although I complain, I will still do the job. Not just doing to finish it but I make sure I do the job well. I work hard in every thing that is assigned to me.
Posted by mdayrit on 09-18-2018
I vote for persistence. Persistence is much needed in order for a task to be done on time. It needs a lot of courage and determination.
Posted by jeffreyjose48 on 09-23-2018
I will always finish a job no matter what. I wont stop until I said it done. In so many projects I've participated, I always made sure to get everything under control and have to be finished before the deadline. I have been practicing to become persistent throughout my school days to as it is good work etiquette for me.
Posted by Aeolos on 09-28-2018
Being Persistent is one of my traits. I believe that this is very important if you want to achieve your goals in your life. I don't like the mindset of easily giving up. I know that all of the hardwork will be paid off.
Posted by superlicca on 10-05-2018
There are times when I feel like I want to delay some tasks that I have to do for the day and do something unproductive, but that doesn't usually happen frequently though. I make sure that I keep back on track and finish my to-do list before my day ends.
Posted by NerdIndeed on 10-10-2018
I'm a quitter at times especially when it's already impossible for me to accomplish what I have to do (e.g the availability of time and etc.). However, I am more of a procrastinator but does the job eventually and finishes it on time or later, but not very late. I am not actually that persistent especially if I find the task too boring and uninteresting. Also, I hate it when I feel like the task doesn't make any sense and so I procrastinate a lot.
Posted by jaybee19 on 10-11-2018
Persistent is a quality that causes you accomplish what you want. On the off chance that you have it you feel fearless, while other individuals see you to be a solid identity. In the meantime, being exceptionally relentless is simpler said than done.
Posted by jetselle on 10-14-2018
Being persistent is never an easy thing to do. We are just humans, sometimes, life doesn't go with what we are expecting. Sometimes, we lose our confidence to go on and continue the challenge. Sometimes, we get tired of everything, we don't have power banks that can recharge us humans automatically. Though big challenges is inevitable and sometimes we feel like giving up, we cannot deny that we have that quality that even though it's in the last minute, we can do things as long as we put our mind into it.
Posted by theresajane on 10-14-2018
Honestly I can be a bit of everything depending on my mood. If I'm feeling super positive, it's easy to be productive and persistent. If I'm having a bad day, on the other hand, it feels like giving up on tasks can be the easiest option and sometimes sadly that's what I do.
Posted by amelia88 on 10-25-2018
Sometimes i’m persistent and sometimes i’m not. Whenever everything seems to be hopeless, i’m not the one who easily gives up. I’ll give my best and i’ll try until there's a sign of success even a little. But hey, i’m only human. Even if the mind is willing, sometimes the heart is not willing or vice versa. I’ll try to refocus and recharge
Posted by conniemac on 10-27-2018
I think I'm a bloodhound, too. Once I set my mind on something, I won't be able to stop until I accomplish my goal. I'm weirdly passionate like that, even in the most trivial of things. I guess I like to prove to myself and to others that nothing is impossible if you have the will for it. Like how the famous saying goes, "when there's a will, there's a way", and just like that, I would try to exhaust all possible means rather than give up immediately. It's a double-edged sword, because while I'm very persistent in the things that I do, I also find it hard to give up on things even if they're obviously a lost cause.
Posted by astraherondale on 11-01-2018
I am more of a procrastinator, who will eventually start and finish the project. In most cases, I find myself procrastinating depending on so many factors. However, I am slowly gaining momentum, because I know persistence is vital for one to be successful.
Posted by Focusedwriter10 on 11-03-2018
I tend to procrastinate most projects. Sometimes I will get a wave of motivation that leads me to complete projects and goals much faster. When failure hits I sometimes have a hard time picking myself up to try again. Persistence can be difficult, and it's easier to be discouraged from a specific goal, especially if that goal requires a large amount of time to complete.
Posted by slugsinthai on 11-08-2018
I don't usually start doing whatever I am tasked to do. But I make sure to that it gets done before the deadline. I am a person who doesn't have persistence at first but will fight and push through everything until I can.
Posted by hstinscdln on 11-10-2018
That's nice, knowing that you're not that persistent in the beginning, but you never give up. I hope that everyone even with a slight drop of persistence at the very end still continues what they do, the world would be better than before.
Posted by theresajane on 11-10-2018
I used to procastinate but I still get things done. I'm a little bit lazy when doing work or tasks but when I started doing it, I'll make sure that I'll be able to finish it. I just felt that rushing will make me pursue more to finish that task making me feel dedicated and my adrenaline will suddenly rush in.
Posted by ajahcuizon on 11-15-2018
Well, I am not like a Bloodhound lol. I usually think a lot before committing to a task. I won't accept anything that is not worth my effort. However, once I accept something I usually try to complete it without quitting. If I make a commitment about something I will always complete it, even if it is very difficult to finish I never give up.
Posted by jpk0007 on 11-15-2018
I always procrastinate which my works to finish at the last minute. I really can't help and I am guilty as charge that it is my worst attitude and I am still figuring it out how to stop procrastinating. That is why whenever I do things to finish on time I always ask for more time just to finish my work. But I can also be a persistent person if I want to. Depending on the situation I am in.
Posted by luv2xacosta on 11-17-2018
Persistence I think is the best trait when it comes to work. Persistence is something one should have in order to finish a task effectively. I can say that I am persistent because I cannot stop working ecen if it is breaktime unless I am not satisfied with my work. Persistence I think is about contentment. Personally I cannot find peace unless my work or the tasks being given to me is done.
Posted by Vinsanity on 11-24-2018
I procrastinate a lot. Too much sometimes. I hate it. But there are times that I just have too much on my plate. I am really hoping that with the next coming year, I will not be as big of a procrastinator.
Posted by angie828 on 12-07-2018