“Nothing in this 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.” –Calvin Coolidge
No matter how many times we may have heard that oft quoted phrase, “Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent”, really, can we ever hear it enough??
Sometimes it seems there are simply great big pools of peanut butter and sludge and quicksand between us and our goals. We feel the pull to go into our heads and listen to all the internal stories about how it should be easier and “if it were meant to be it would be working faster/better”…and even the dreaded “this must be a sign!”
There’s definitely something to be said about reflection, regrouping and recalibration, for sure. Having a vision rather than just shooting from the hip will always take us farther. And, no doubt, there’s always better methods to accomplish anything we’re up to, ways to work smarter rather than harder, and efficiencies of effort to be attained.
And yet getting trapped in the fictional stories vs. taking action, and taking action again, and taking action again…just give us a more deeply pondered navel.
However, that action-facts-reflection, action-facts-reflection, action-facts-reflection cycle of forward movement gives us research and facts vs. fiction.
Where can you put aside your stories and take action to gain facts today?
“As long as we are persistent in our pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow. We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom. It happens in its own time.” –Denis Waitley
DARRELL W. GURNEY, Executive/ Career Coach and 20-year recruiting veteran, supports people at all levels to make fulfilling and profitable career transitions. His first book, Headhunters Revealed! Career Secrets for Choosing and Using Professional Recruiters, was winner of the Clarion Award for Best Book by the Association for Women in Communications and was reviewed in Publishers Weekly. His newest book, Never Apply for a Job Again: Break the Rules, Cut the Line, Beat the Rest, has been endorsed by bestselling thought leaders such as Harvey Mackay, Keith Ferrazzi, and Dr. Ivan Misner. A personal and business brand strategist, Darrell’s Stealth Method of networking has helped folks expand their reach within both careers and new client circles. He speaks, leads workshops, and is a media expert on subjects such as recruiting, networking, and finding one’s passion. He was recently named Networking Expert for BeyondB-School.com and offers webinars and programs that get MBA students and working professionals out, connected, and landed.