"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, 30th president of US (1872 - 1933)
I have often felt this way. I'm fairly bright and I know I have a modicum of talent, but it's persistence that got me to where I am. The real question is - How do I teach this to my kids? Can persistence be taught? I know my oldest son has it. He set out to own every Pokémon, and by gosh, he's done it!
Editors Note: This comic adequately sums up my feelings about grapefruit (and fruit in general). Brilliant.