I’d like to start off this post by stating that I’ve never been a particularly talented individual. I wasn’t born with any natural ‘gifts’, as they call them. And certainly not of the type that makes it easy to pursue any one profession. In this respect, even good looks can be considered a gift, and attracting suitors, a work opportunity! Don’t believe me? Just think about the millions of people, both women, and men, who make their living through marrying and divorcing. These individuals consider this route to be the quickest way to achieving financial success. And a lot of them, as I discovered in a recent Spectrum Triple Play blog report, are quite persistent in their favorite sport.
Before I Start to Babble and Digress…
But this is not exactly the subject that I want to discuss here. My concern is with consistency. Which is often defined as the art & practice of ‘keeping at it’. And how I, despite my serious failings at talent, still managed to both survive and win in life because of it.
I want to explore how this trait can lead to all sorts of successes, be they in one’s personal or public life. And this has nothing to do with how ethical the ‘work done’ with consistency may be. But everything to do with achieving results.
Nobody ever said that Hitler was inconsistent, right? In either his beliefs or actions. Or that he wasn’t a success at what he set out to do. Despite his crimes being enough to warrant at least a hundred personal death sentences…
Consistency lies at the very heart of persistence if you didn’t already know this. Only persistent people have a tendency to become highly irritating, at times!
Though this does nothing to dampen their wins.
Why is Consistency Considered Unattractive?
But before I go on further, I have a bone to pick! Both with my readers, and our society at large. And this has to do with the fact that consistency is largely considered an unattractive trait to possess.
Just look at what pop culture goes on teaching our kids – and not to mention the adults who behave just like them.
I was watching back-to-back episodes of the hit CW shows Gossip Girl, Riverdale and America’s Next Top Model. And all of them gave a pretty solid message with regard to the ‘negatives’ of consistency. Ironically, I guess you could say that in their effort to make consistency seem unattractive, these shows are pretty consistent!
Now doesn’t that just wobble your mind when you think about it?
Sticking to a Schedule is ‘Uncool’…
When you watch these young-adult-centric shows, notice how the main characters are usually the ones that boast an active social life. But this is dominated by a severe case of randomness and breaks. And this is what makes them seem cool!
The fact that they don’t stick to any fixed schedule, and that they revel in breaking all kinds of rules. And all for the sake of an adolescent rebellion without any cause. The sort that one should grow out of with the onset of adulthood.
And it is often very surprising to note that older people, who you’d normally consider to be wiser, waste no time in becoming brainwashed. To speak nothing of the youngsters in their homes! All of whom are easy prey for Hollywood and the larger pop culture industry.
How Consistency Makes Corporations Win
Heavy corporate donations, which dictate the terms of these TV productions, are behind this issue, of course. Because they want to promote a culture of extreme materialism. A kind of social setup in which their manufactured goods and provided services are wrongly considered the essentials of living. Since it is only then that their continuing profit-making schemes will be kept afloat!
I’d sum this situation up in the following words:
The consistency of the wealthy profit-seeking corporations gives rise to a persistent media machine. This goes on to promote a world where only a certain type of consistency is tolerated. The kind that keeps money flowing into the pockets of its sponsors.
And if you think about it, this is a complete vicious cycle. One in which most people these days are trapped. And with the worst part being that they don’t recognize their enslavement!
A Few (More Positive) Benefits
But consistency can also be worked in a number of positive ways, which is what nature (probably) intended it for. Some of these go as follows:
- An ‘Underdog’, in any area of life, can use it to rise to the top,
- A Medical Researcher can use it to improve the lot of all people,
- A Responsible Politician can use it to change the fate of entire nations,
- A Student can use it to lay the building blocks of his (or her) life
The examples are many and are too numerous to relate here fully.
In a recent Spectrum vs Frontier conference, I was treated to another instance of consistency in both thought & deed. In the session, speakers from both companies discussed how through a lot of persistence, they had succeeded in realizing one of their primary goals. This was to provide cheap internet access to people living below the poverty line in areas of the Mid-West. A place which could now boast decent internet connectivity ratios to match the rest of the country.