"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not;
nothing is more common
than unsuccessful people with talent.
Genius will not;
is almost a proverb.
Education will not;
the world is full
of educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination
alone are omnipotent."
-- Calvin Coolidge
Our 30th President of the United States
"Patience, persistence, and perspiration
make an unbeatable combination for success."
-- Napoleon Hill
Persistence. Without the ability to keep going, your mind will easily talk you out of making the trip. The people around you will talk you out of it. It might seem like no one wants you to succeed. That's why it is only you who can persist. No one can do that for you. The best they could do is encourage you, but the coach doesn't run the race, the runner does. You're the runner. Strong desire is the engine that runs persistence.