How to Develop Your Very Own Code of Persistence

One of the most beloved Disney classics of all time is the movie Snow White. What you may not know is the amazing story behind the scenes of this classic. Nothing like this had ever been done before. Snow White was the very first full featured animated movie ever. If that isn’t intriguing enough, the movie was released in 1937, decades before much of the automation we have today.

developing a code of persistence

This feat required an incredible amount of persistence from Walt Disney and his employees. In fact it required:

  • The collaboration of over 600 employees who drew, inked and painted the drawings.
  • Over 200 years of man hours (if stretched from end to end) many of who worked nights and weekends without extra pay
  • The ability to secure well over $1 million dollars in funding (a lot of money in the 1930’s)
  • Belief that people would identify and connect emotionally with animated characters (it had never been tested before)
  • Over 3 years to complete the movie from beginning to end

Yet, Walt persisted forward with the belief that his hard work would pay off. The film was finally released on December 21, 1937, and it was a smashing success. By May of 1939, Snow White would become the highest-grossing film in American film to the tune of $6.7 million in receipts.

How to Develop Your Own Code of Persistence

Most of us give up before the inflection point. As Jim Rohn has said: “We plant in the Spring, water in the Summer only to give up before the harvest.” One helpful exercise is to create your own code of persistence. Write down a few powerful statements that can help you to push forward when you are ready to give in.

In the book, How to Turn Failure into Success, author Harold Sherman shares his code of persistence that helps him to push forward daily. I’d encourage you to use this one or write a version of your own and read it daily.

The Code of Persistence

  1. I will never give up so long as I know I am right.
  2. I will believe that all things will work out for me if I hang on till the end.
  3. I will be courageous and undismayed in the face of odds.
  4. I will not permit anyone to intimidate me or deter me from my goals.
  5. I will fight to overcome all physical handicaps and setbacks.
  6. I will try again and again and yet again to accomplish what I desire.
  7. I will take new faith and resolution from the knowledge that all successful men and women have had to fight defeat and adversity.
  8. I will never surrender to discouragement or despair no matter what seeming obstacles may confront me.

Are you ready to give in today? Keep pushing forward anyways.



    Jonathan has been blogging since 2009 and is still in awe that the Creator of the Universe desires to have a relationship with him. His passions include spending time with his kids, reading, March Madness, surprise get-a-way trips with his wife, and watching funny YouTube videos.

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    4 thoughts on “How to Develop Your Very Own Code of Persistence

    1. Awesome post as always Jonathan. That’s the code! As Og Mandino’s scroll three says – I will persist, until I succeed.

    2. Great article, and a great reminder! I learned these tips while writing my dissertation for my doctorate – never give up, never give in, and keep believing you can do it.

      Most things out there, someone has done before. I always try to remember this. There are plenty of folks who have written dissertations, so can I! Being a single mom, working full time, and having several health crises – there are others who have persisted. I knew I could do it, if I kept at it.

      And I did! I got my prize.