“There are some subjects in which I could never do well.”

“I study every day because it is important.”

Which of the above statements resonates most with you? If you agreed most with the first, then you have a tendency to believe external situations or other folks have greater control over your destiny than you. If you are more drawn to the second statement, if you agree with it more, then your locus of control is more internal: You believe you can powerfully impact your future and that your efforts make a significant difference.

Persistence is a powerful predictor of success. Optimists are more likely to succeed than pessimists. Not because they are smarter or more skilled then pessimists but simply because optimists: 1) Try more often 2) Try harder 3) Try longer, blissfully certain that success is certain to arrive.

Closing Quotes:

“Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” Napoleon Hill, 1883-1970, “The Laws of Success”

 “Energy and persistence conquer all things.” – Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790, Founding Father

“Success is almost totally dependent upon drive and persistence.” – Denis Waitley, b. 1933, “The Psychology of Winning”

“Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.” – Dale Carnegie, 1888-1955, “How to Win Friends and Influence People”

As always, I share what I most want/need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier