How To Make Progress Through Persistence and Collaboration

By Team Kwanza Jones

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Making progress in life is not always easy, but it is possible with the right mindset and attitude. If you’ve got persistence and collaboration on your side, that's a killer combo for turning dreams into reality.

Persistence allows you to work hard and pursue your objectives, regardless of obstacles or failures and collaboration allows you to work with others who share your vision, values, or interests.

When you join forces with others, you can grow by receiving their support, feedback, or guidance.

As Kwanza Jones always says, “No one succeeds alone…sometimes, you need a boost.”

To make progress in your personal and professional life, it’s important to combine persistence with collaboration. Sure, teaming up with others might come with challenges, but you’ve got to keep charging forward. When you tackle challenges head-on and push through, that's when the magic happens.

To give you a boost, here’s a musical treat to amp up that charging-forward spirit.

Now, let's dive into how persistence can boost up your teamwork game and help you achieve more together.

Persistence Unlocks Problem-Solving Superpowers

When facing a problem or a challenge, it’s natural to feel frustrated, discouraged, or tempted to give up. But if you persist, you can overcome the obstacle and find a solution. When you consistently persist through obstacles and overcome them, you’ll be able to learn and improve. It can also help you develop a growth mindset. With such a mindset, you’ll be more open to feedback and suggestions from others. This will help you improve your performance and achieve your goals.

By persisting, you also show others that you’re committed, reliable, and trustworthy. You demonstrate that you care about the outcome and that you’re willing to work hard to make things happen. This can inspire others to join you, support you, and collaborate with you.

Listen to this track and share it with a friend that you wish to support.

Persistence Builds Relationships and Networks

Persistence is not only about working hard; it is also about working smart. This means seeking out opportunities to learn from others, exchanging ideas, resources, and experiences, and expanding your network of contacts. Persistence helps you build relationships and networks that can support you in your endeavors.

Our visionary leader, Kwanza, is a great example of someone who has worked hard to pursue her passions and interests. From music to law, education, business, philanthropy - the list goes on! Through it all, she has built (and continues to build) relationships and networks that are more valuable to her than financial returns. As she puts it, “I’d rather be rich in resources than in finance.”

Collaboration has also been key for Kwanza in achieving her goals and pushing projects forward. It's a reminder that persistence isn't a solo act.

Persistence Helps You Create Value and Impact

Persistence is not only about overcoming obstacles; it also helps you create value and impact for others. When you’re persistent, you’ll be able to identify problems that you can address with your skills, talents, and passions. It can also help you develop innovative solutions that will benefit others.

For example, Kwanza has a goal to boost a billion lives. It takes a lot of persistence to have and work towards such an ambitious goal. Through her hard work and commitment, she was able to recognize the increased opportunity gap caused by the COVID-19 pandemic for students from low-income families and underserved communities. To fix this problem, she collaborated with Brett Brewer (of CrossCut Ventures), Brian Lee (of BAM Ventures), and Nick Kim (of Upfront Ventures), to create LA Tech Cares. Since then, they have taken consistent action to bridge the opportunity gap and elevate underserved students in Los Angeles.


Persistence is a powerful trait that can help you achieve your goals and dreams. It’s the secret sauce that spices up collaboration and cooperation among folks with shared interests. So, keep persisting, break down obstacles, build relationships, and create impact. With the right dose of persistence, you'll not just work with others – you'll accomplish more together. Now, who's ready to charge forward? 🚀

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Team Kwanza Jones curates and shares content from the Kwanzaverse - i.e. Kwanza's stories, tips, tools, media, music and more, to help you improve your life. Kwanza Jones always says, no one succeeds alone, sometimes you need a boost. Join her Kwanza Jones Boost Friends™️️️️ community and access a next-level network building greater wealth, health, knowledge, and opportunities...together.