I was asked by our President to give the closing quote this month and wanted to share one of my favorites here on this site. When I was fourteen my father had me memorize these words by Calvin Coolidge and told me if I lived my life in this manner that there was nothing I could not accomplish. He brought it to me because when I was a sophomore in High School I quit the football team because I was 5’10” and weight close to 240 lbs. I was so out of shape and embarrassed.
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people 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.
I joined the wrestling team that winter and worked so hard and by the following football season I was 170 lbs! It was amazing, and I accomplished that feat by pure determination and nothing else.
I have applied these same principles to my BNI career and now my Realtor Career, and it has not let me down. I don’t want people to think it is just about working hard, but about working hard and smart. You will make mistakes, but it is the courage to learn from those failures to allow you to try again.
Stay tuned for the next post.
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