“Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence.”

I could not help but post these myth busters that this video opened with.  Hard not to love myth busters. Here they are:

“Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence.”

. . .

“Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.”  True, true.

However, talent is what we all pursue. We dedicate thousands of hours to a skill for which we want compensation, respect, and influence.  We want accomplishment in our lives, skills that make production interesting and produces value for someone.

“Genius will not: unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.”

. . .

“Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts.”

Oh, how true!  Lots of educated people who can’t put 2 nickels together.  Oh, they’ll criticize and tell you quite articulately why they can’t or how the system is rigged or how someone other nebulous and sinister force is at work.

“Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

. . .

“The slogan, “Press on!” has solved, and always will solve, the problems of the human race.”  1933

Who seared these fine words onto the imagination of man?  None other than the 30th president of the United States, Calvin Coolidge, (1923-1929).

I don’t know who’s done it or how, but for some reason, the value of these myth busters is diluted greatly knowing that they were said by Calvin Coolidge.  He’s just never gotten his requisite due as a great president.  And by great I mean that he didn’t engage in any wars, he didn’t inflate, and he was the most lassiez-faire president the country of the United States has ever had.  For more on American foreign policy, check this out.



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