When it comes to your career or leadership success… Where do you “stop?”

“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.”

– President Calvin Coolidge


What I like most about this quote is that it so clearly distinguishes “persistence” from other qualities that often get far more attention.   It speaks to the importance of “persistence” for simply what it is – unstoppable follow-through.

In the areas of leadership, and work or career development, effective strategies, confidence, focus, and energy are key ingredients to success.  The addition of persistence to this list, adds a powerful ingredient for propelling a plan.

Persistence is solid.  More often than we may imagine, the achievement of progress lies in a most basic strategy to simply “stay the course.”

Remember to add “persistence” to your success plan!


Trish Pratt,  Executive and Career Development Coach — Greater Boston area.

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