“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.”
This quote has been tacked up on a wall next to my computer (and typewriter, even!) for over thirty years.
I have to read it a lot.
It’s my kick-in-the-butt quote.