Extraordinary success comes most often to those who are unusually persistent and truly determined to achieve a specific career or personal goal. Exceptional individuals like these dont rely on accident or luck, although that may help. They work long and hard, often giving up comfort, family life and security in the process. Counterintuitively, failure seems to stimulate them to grapple more actively with their next big challenge.
President Calvin Coolidge said it best: 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.