One of my favorite quotes of all time:
“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.”–Calvin Coolidge
Do you know why? There is always someone more talented than you – me. Always someone who is smarter, who has forty-two letters behind their names. People who were born with natural abilities.
Yet. Does that matter long term? We all know baby ‘geniuses’ who walked, talked, and did everything first. But, walking into kindergarten, no one can tell who started walking at eight months or fourteen months. Who began talking in complete sentences at six months, or three years old. By the time they get to college, no one even cares when they were potty trained. Well, maybe their mom.
Its the long haul that matters, how persistent you can be, you are, how many hours a day, or time you put into reaching your goal.
Me, I spend most of my day in front of my keyboard. But hot damn, this is the dream, and with time and persistence, I will only get better at what I practice doing every day. Writing books.
Cute puppy. Just because.