I was thinking a lot about “success” today, and what it takes to get there, however we define it.
Since I’m at that stage of my life where I have more of the road behind me than ahead of me, I have the benefit of a bigger and deeper rear view mirror. That look back keeps reminding me that there are certain things that are essential to being successful, and if I want to duplicate any of my past successes, I cannot forget them.
The issue is, those “things” aren’t short cuts. Oh no, they are not. They take a lot of intent, will, and effort.
So as I enter another phase of my business life, it’s time for a gut check. Am I ready to do what I know is necessary?
Once again, I draw inspiration from Calvin.
Coolidge, that is. The 30th President of the United States.
He once said this:
“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.”
I discovered this quote many years ago, before I entered the workplace, and wondered if Calvin was right.
Turned out, he was. It’s a lesson learned, experienced, and right now, recycled.
Persistence and determination. That’s what I need to go after more great things. It’s what we all need.
Am I ready to put that game face on? Are YOU ready?