suc·cess: (n.) The achievement of something desired, planned, or attempted

Patient Persistence Pays Off in a Big Way!

Energy and persistence conquer all things. - Benjamin Franklin

Though Ben Franklin said this over 200 years ago, it is still true today. Often we give up and stop trying right before we're about to have a breakthrough. Keep at it, and you will succeed.

Here are a few failures who never quit trying:

  • Thomas Edison failed more times than anyone cares to count, and then he successfully invented the light bulb and other things.

  • Michael Jordan was cut from his freshman basketball team in high school. I think he learned from his mistakes and learned to play basketball pretty well.

  • Abe Lincoln was not elected so many times, he should have never been able to amount to much. I'd say he made it just fine.

  • The Wright Brothers weren't the first to try to fly a plane, just the most persisent. They kept at it, and eventually succeeded.

    I'll close with one last quote, from another famous guy you might have heard of:

    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 will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan "Press On" has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. - Calvin Coolidge

    Phil Gerbyshak leads a team of people as manager of an IT Help Desk in Milwaukee, WI, and finds that sharing his knowledge is a crucial component for success as a leader and as a person. Phil's personal philosophy is paraphrased from Tim Sanders' fantastic book Love is the Killer App: "Share your knowledge, your network, and your love. The rest will follow." Feel free to contact Phil at or call 414.640.7445 anytime.

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