Persistence

“And hanging crooked above his desk is a cheap black frame that contains an inspirational quote that has been attributed to Calvin Coolidge. Under the heading PRESS ON, it reads:”

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 alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

From an article re: the fellow who invented the Super Soaker. Takeaway: got to get my ass in gear. Too many smart thoughts, even some really, really great ones; I’m not a professor, getting paid to sit at a big wooden desk and come up with ideas. If the “idea man” ever existed in US commerce, he doesn’t today. And even then, “unrewarded genius” is no claim to fame.

Got to ship. (I’m not sure that shipping blog posts counts, but it’s part of the process as long as they get written and posted.)

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