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.”
– Calvin Coolidge.
Don’t ask why I’m so full of quotes recently. I’ve always envied the ability of quotes to speak louder, more succinctly, and more precisely than I can.
I love this Calvin Coolidge quote because I’m realizing that success in my career is certainly determined by individual persistence – persistence to keep learning, keep trying, and keep showing up. Successful speech pathologists (and probably this is true for most other professions) are those who continue to think critically about their approach to therapy and problem-solve for each individual child.
Being successful is no longer about writing the best paper or finding the short cut to studying the right things. Now it’s about that persistence to continue showing up prepared for work everyday, to continue learning from those with greater experience and to continue engaging with research.