PLIMP is a collection of personal qualities that gives one the ability to successfully perform genealogy research. PLIMP is an acronym that includes Patience, Love, Influence, Money and Persistence.
PatienceWhether, you are waiting for the arrival of a birth certificate to establish an ancestors parents names, the return of an e-mail of a strong genetic match, or a phone call of a new found cousin, patience is a necessity when it comes to learning about your genes and those who relate to you. Without patience, you could put yourself under undo stress, irritate a relative, and even lose sight of your goals. Patience is perhaps the most important quality when looking into your family history.
LoveLove is required when performing genealogy research due to the amount of effort and time that is necessary. If you don't profoundly love the genealogy space, you'd be best suited putting your time into something that you find more rewards; birding, hiking, guitar lessons? Of if you do love genealogy you could do those other hobbies and many more TOO!
InfluenceIf you cannot influence people for the common good, then genealogy studies will be a challenging place to be. This is because there will be many times that you will need help. You may need someone in another country to stop at a church for you to look up some records, you may need a group of individuals to transfer there DNA to GEDMatch so you can do more detailed analysis in finding relationships, or you may need someone to visit a cemetery (that isn't near by) to find birth and death years on a gravestone. In addition to influencing others, it's also only fair to be able to be influenced yourself, so you can help others in their research. The ability to influence is critical, but it should always come second to respecting others time and resources.
MoneyGenealogy research is almost impossible without a budget. From simple things like internet access, printer ink, genealogy web site accounts, etc., the costs add up. And then there are larger costs like DNA tests, vital record purchases, conferences and training. It's not impossible to be an effective genealogist with a small budget, but one can go a lot further with deeper pockets.
PersistenceWhen one starts genealogy research, it will be a little while before they hear and truly understand the term "brick wall". And then after a while, they will notice that most people, including themselves, has those "brick walls" up that they just can't get past regardless of how much money, time and research is spent in breaking them down. This is where persistence comes in. When giving up on a brick wall, it will stand there forever. But, if and when one persists, those bricks can transform into the most beautiful pane of glass ever.
PLIMP is important to have in the genealogy world. I hope you have it. Good luck with your research!