Victus Spiritus



17 Dec 2009

Thanks to JLM and Charlie Crystle for sharing this quote of Calvin Coolidge:

"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.

Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men 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."

Following the trend set recently by Mark Suster and Fred Wilson on Tenacity, I'm inclined to pipe in on the most important trait for building anything of long term value. Persistence reaches well beyond the role of entrepreneur.

Here's just a few of the wonderful things that persistence has helped me discover so far in 35 solar orbits:

That last lesson persistence pointed me to is important. You never give up on a dream worth pursuing, but it's vital we not get stuck on the wrong tactics to realize that dream.

I think Calvin may have been on to something with that quote.