success perseverance determination persistence

“Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. 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.”

- Calvin Coolidge

Perseverance is a choice; success is a choice.  Lack of talent, education, or genius are common excuses when it’s more persistence and determination that are really needed.

How do we get persistence and determination?

Persistence and determination are side effects of beliefs and desire.

If you lack persistence and determination, something is wrong with your beliefs and/or level of desire:

  1. You do not believe it is possible
  2. You do not believe you can do it
  3. You do not believe it is worth it – you do not want it that badly

If you believe your goal is possible, you believe that you can achieve it, and you want it badly, perseverance is really just doing a lot of obvious stuff until you achieve your goal.

When your beliefs and desires are aligned against the goal, success is difficult and complicated because your mind is busy creating excuses and obstacles to keep you from taking the obvious actions.

Your beliefs and desires determine your actions and thus success in life.  Luckily, we can choose our beliefs and desires.

But that’s a topic for another post.


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