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.
— Calvin Coolidge
You don’t hear a lot in regards to our 30th President… but I sure like what he has to say about talent vs. persistance. Many regard Coolidge as the country’s first middle-class president. A small-town lawyer from humble begninnings who, through persistance and determination, became President of the United States.