Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent.
Genius will not: unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
The slogan “press on” has solved
and always will solve
the problems of the human race.
- Calvin Coolidge, U.S. President
I’ve definitely read my share of quotes and poems regarding success, and one word that is often repeated is “persistence”. Persistence is the action or fact of persisting. Successful individuals don’t just have one great moment, it is constantly striving and taking little steps to achieve greatness. You could be the smartest person, but if you do not put in the effort and do anything with it, then nobody will see your intelligence . You could be the most talented basketball player, but if you don’t put in the effort in the weight room or in perfecting your jump shot, then sooner or later, your talent will be awash. You can have a great business idea, but if you do not get the ball rolling, then the great idea will go to waste.
I’ve learned that success doesn’t just happen in one day, or one week; it is numerous acts. It might be waking up every morning studying, lifting weights, writing, practicing singing, planning, etc. So YP’s, keep on pushing, and striving for what you want in life, because at the end of the day, it is really up to you, and how bad you want it!
YPJimH, Young Professionals writer