Grand Canyon

Persistence Wins Out in Hopeless Situations

There’s a big hole in the ground in Arizona. And by big I mean ginormous. It’s a mile deep, 277 miles long at some points, and 18 miles wide. It’s called the Grand Canyon, which is a most fitting name because it is nothing short of grand.

Grand Canyon

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Seeing pictures of The Grand Canyon is nice, but nothing close to being there. No one looks at a picture of the Grand Canyon and says, “How did that happen?” But it’s impossible to not say that the first time you see it in person.

I had the good fortune several years ago to fly into the Grand Canyon. Notice I did not say over, but rather down into and around the inside of the thing—in a prop plane with 14 seats and one pilot. That was one terrifying experience because even though we were well prepared that this would be a surreal kind of experience, I could not have imagined it. 

Being in such a small plane, we were low to the ground for the 250-mile flight from Scotsdale, Ariz. And then the bottom fell out—or at least it felt like it did.

Without any change in altitude, my stomach dropped a thousand feet, leaving my body hanging in space. I’d seen the Grand Canyon several times before, but that day I met this natural wonder up close and personal.

So, how did it happen? The Grand Canyon, that is. Water. Seriously. The theory is that the Colorado River cut through solid rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence—some untold number of years of never giving up.

I had such a mountain in my life. It had a six-figure load of consumer debt written all over it. I wanted to give up before I got started and every day thereafter. And yes, I gave up regularly. But persistence finally won out. I repaid every dime, and now I live to help others do the same.

Are you in debt? How are you dealing with it? Depression? Denial?

I don’t know where you are with this, but I do know that you need to deal with it starting right now. Today.

No matter how many times you’ve tried before or how terrible your situation might feel, remember this: Persistence can turn hopeless failure into victory. But you need a plan—a plan that is realistic and doable. You cannot take a few years off from your life to get out of debt!

Your plan has to incorporate your current lifestyle and situation. That’s exactly what I can offer to you. Over the past twenty years I’ve led thousands of people out of debt. To learn more about The Plan, visit my website at There you will find out about my Rapid Debt-Repayment Plan.

There are many methods for getting out of debt, but the only one that matters, in the end, is the one that works for you. I’d love to be your coach and guide as you take on your mountain.

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  1. Cynthia
    Cynthia says:

    Hi Mary,
    I’ve been a follower of EC for a few years and I really enjoy reading it. I am a mid-50s single female who is in the beginning of trying to become a first-generation/first-time homeowner. This has been a goal and dream of mine, but life has thrown me some real setback curves. Still I’m determined to reach this goal. I am working with a homebuyer’s assistance program and taking small steps to educate myself through free orientations, workshops that upon completion, will give me a certificate I can use to qualify for federal downpayment assistance programs. I am paying off approximately $3,000 worth of collection debt I’m working to clear up in order to raise my credit score. I took a hard look at myself and what I needed to do if I wanted to achieve my dream of homeownership. Everyday Cheapskate is helping me to do just that! Thank You!
    Sacramento, CA

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