Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. Calvin Coolidge
Good Morning! When I was seventeen I was a sophomore in college at UW-Milwaukee. I worked full time five days per week at a Big Boy restaurant on Kilbourn street in Milwaukee. Tuesday’s and Thursday’s I had off from work and on those days I walked to campus where I fit in a full course load between 9AM and 9PM. The employee break room at the restaurant was like many diner break rooms-kind of dark and cluttered. Amidst the clutter was an old brown piece of wood with a fake-gold plaque mounted on it. The plaque read:
Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. 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. Calvin Coolidge
As a young teen, I know many people thought I would not succeed in life. I even read the magazines that shared statistics of how “un-bright” my future looked. These people and the “accredited news magazines” relied on “facts” some of which included: being raised in a single parent home (my dad left when I was eight-months old), being in a small town, being in “poverty” (while other people had more money, I dare you to find a house equal in love). These sources relied on statistics, I relied on heart.
The first time I read that quote I remember deciding it needed to be polished and dusted. I carefully cleaned it, reading it a second time, and then gave it a more prominent position in the break room. I read that quote many times over during every break I had. While I may not have been raised with every advantage in the world, I was taught the biggest advantage of all: Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance.
Your Turn: Are there any areas of your life where you think “you can’t” because statistically you don’t have the best odds? How would embracing the idea “Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance” change your actions and possibly your results?
Today’s Affirmation: Nothing in the world can take the place of perseverance. I persevere.