Persist and you will succeed.

October 5, 2021

Miguel de Cervantes(1547-1616) is widely regarded as the greatest writer of the Spanish language, best known for his epic story “Don Quixote.” Cervantes said – “Diligence is the mother of good fortune”

Success may be seen by some as good fortune; however good fortune or luck seldom has much to do with success.  But, if diligence is the mother of success, the father of success is surely persistence.

Calvin Coolidge put it well – “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.”

It is fitting to equate the determination that Coolidge referenced to the diligence that Cervantes mentioned.

Thomas Edison is perhaps the penultimate role model for persistence. Two of his many quotes about his own success ring true here –

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”

If you did not succeed yesterday, don’t give up . Learn from whatever failure these was yesterday or celebrate whatever small, incremental progress you made towards your goal.

Persist and you will succeed.