per·sist·ence [ pər sístənss ]
1) the quality of continuing steadily despite problems or difficulties
“Tell Me I Can’t Get It Done, and I Will” is a quote from a December 12, 2013 New York Times “Corner Office” interview with Dara Richardson-Heron, CEO of the Y.W.C.A. As both a woman and a minority who became a physician, Ms. Richardson-Heron learned the ‘Power of Persistence’ in driving success and achievement:
“…life is not fair. Make the best of the cards you’re dealt….
it’s important not to feel entitled or to think people owe you something.
You have to earn what you get…
Nothing comes easy.
The bottom line is never, ever give up.”
Some people are intimidated by challenges, others are invigorated. Guess who goes farthest in life?
“The main difference between stumbling blocks or stepping stones is how you use them.” – Proverb
“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.” – John Calvin Coolidge, 1872 – 1933, 30th President of the United States (1923–1929).
“My greatest point is my persistence. I never give up in a match. However down I am, I fight until the last ball. My list of matches shows that I have turned a great many so-called irretrievable defeats into victories.” – Bjorn Borg, b. 1956, winner of 11 Grand Slam singles tennis titles