Thursday, December 19, 2013

press on

i was reminded this morning of something very powerful.

i remember, back in the day,  tucking this quote in my text books during my university days as a reminder that i could do it :

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.”

nothing can take the place of persistence and determination.  

i always distributed this quote to my students during my high school teaching days (at the beginning/middle/end of term.  i'd make them read it, and understand it, and told them to tuck it into their books as reminders to them.  if they failed a test, they had the 'choice' to either continue to fail or to 'keep on' studying, trying, putting some sweat into it to improve.  it gave them the choice of whether they wanted to pass or fail, as opposed to thinking they weren't 'smart enough'.  it gave them the 'choice' to do better.

and then on facebook i saw this TED talk that was posted, and would you look at that!  calvin coolidge and i were on to something....  here they call persistence and determination, 'grit':

now i apply this to all areas of my life.

if you want to do better you will do better.  just 'press on', and it will come.

and so should you.

1 comment:

Flowrsinher Hair said...

Love this - thank you!
I'm a huge believer in hard work!