Never underestimate the power of persistence. Throughout history, political, literary and sports figures have learned that lesson. In fact, Winston Churchill once said, "Success is not final. Failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts."
As a Peak Performance Coach to the elite, I have discovered the formula for greatness is 10% talent and 90% persistence. What follows are a few reminders about just how important persistence really is:
- Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team
- 23 publishers rejected Dr Seuss' first book
- 15 publishers rejected J.K. Rowling's first Harry Potter manuscript
- In 1905, a university rejected a young man's Ph.D. dissertation, describing it as "irrelevant and fanciful." That young man was Albert Einstein
- A quarterback is told he's too small to play at Notre Dame so he plays college ball elsewhere. He goes on to be one of the greatest NFL quarterbacks of all time. His name? Johnny Unitas.
- A student's paper is ridiculed by a professor who claims the idea is "not feasible." That student's name was Fred Smith, founder of Fed Ex
Clearly, not everyone is destined to be the next Albert Einstein or Johnny Unitas, but with enough persistence, you can be on the path to achieving your own level of greatness in whatever you do.
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