Press On

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

If there is one lesson I’ve learned as a small business owner during these uncertain economic times, it is to press on. The key, of course, is to know where to press.

Expend too much energy in the wrong direction and you, like explorers in the days of old, may end up far from your intended destination. Try to hunker down and conserve energy for too long and you’ll never get back on your feet. The art of pressing on is a delicate interplay – a balanced oscillation – of gaining perspective and taking ground.

The wonderful thing about pressing on is that there is no excuse for not doing so. You are talented enough. You are clever enough. You are smart enough.

Press on, my friends, press on.

5 thoughts on “Press On

  • I heartily agree! Persistence is a gift we develop and give to ourselves. I’ve learned it’s much easier to keep moving when my purpose is clear to me. The biggest distraction is losing heart. I also think to do your part as if everything hinges on it, in this, you create a draw that’s assistance may surprise you.

  • Another one of my favorite quotes, and one that I have appreciated on many occasions in my life – thanks for sharing! An interesting observation is to note how many people go 90% of the way to ‘there’ (‘there’ being to reach their goals and dreams), yet with only another 10% of the way to go they give up. I think that a part of it is that discouragement sets in and takes hold where if they would simply remember to Press On as you mention they can actually get there. This is certainly an area where we can be of great value to others by continuing to encourage them to finish – to press on.

  • Those who are easily turned aside are just that! Anyone who accomplishes anything of value must persist – not blindly or foolishly, but in relation to a valid vision. Some despair easily, excusing themselves from further movement for almost any reason. Others keep going without a lot of fuss, meeting and overcoming obstacles (which are often not what they initially appear to be!) Persistence is an attitude, but also a learned trait, something to be developed. A worthy topic for meditation!

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