“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 failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” – Calvin Coolidge
One of the other suggested components of motivation is persistence. So, I decided to look at that for a bit. Persistence is defined as the firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition. Once we’ve started our task is to continue to its completion. My persistence is always in flux, depending on how committed I am. I don’t think persistence needs to take on the form of insanity where we repeat the same steps and get the same results, but trying something else or approaching our subject with a different perspective to attain what we need or to discover something new. It can be as simple as walking the same paths with newer eyes or walking in the opposite direction. Who knows what we will see that we missed the previous times. Example: I’ve walked this street before but never seen this door. Wonder when they put it there.