The title of this blogpost is part of former U.S. President Calvin Coolidge, that states;
Nothing in this 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.
I first stumbled this quote in Dan Peña’s website particularly on this particular newsletter he posted. I just came to know this guy when I watched LondonReal’s interview, and I think the guy is brilliant. Although, he has a bad taste on his mouth, but he is brilliant in my opinion. If you want to watch one of the interview with Dan conducted by Brian Rose, watch it as I embedded it below. And, if you’re a student who needs more encouragement for future achievements, get into London Real website as Brian interview a lot of successful people in their respective field.
For now, I encourage you to watch this interview and I’m certain you’ll learn something of a value from it.
I decided to post this because when I was in college, I didn’t find much of these materials. These materials are very helpful and that quote alone by former President Coolidge is a great wake up call for students. It’s true and I’ve seen this over and over again in every culture I’ve been that talent, knowledge, genius, and education are not guarantee for someone who possess one or all of these.
It’s true, school is a great place to learn, but it is our choice to follow and do our deepest desires and goals by applying what we’ve learned. Although, some of the greatest minds said that knowledge is power, in reality it is not. Knowledge, genius, and talent are only potential power, and unless one direct and apply it towards achieving success in his/her chosen field, these will remain potential power.
These materials I’ve shared here are very helpful supplemental stuff for a students either you’re in high school or college. The video interview above runs for almost 3 hours, but it’s worth watching and even worth watching the second and third time. Dan actually said in an interview, he only have read 10 or 15 books but he read it over and over. And, I have to agree with him as I’m a fan of audiobook, and listening to an audiobook several times tends me to find more of the important stuff that I missed when first listened to it. Yes, there are numerous people and successful people who encourage to read more books to get ideas, but if you have difficulty reading more books and have difficulty remembering all those information, stick on reading your favorite books, and read it over and over and eventually the real purpose of the book will jump out of you.
Financing Your Dreams
After watching that Dan Peña’s interview, watch this video, and I’m going to add another audio interview of his right below this financing your dreams video, which is about achieving super success.
…and here’s another one but not a video but an audio interview with Dan Peña…
Again, these interviews are long, but it’s worth the watch. Hence, before starting to watch and I advice you to watch this during time when you won’t be disturbed particularly during weekend when you don’t have much things to do. Grab yourself a cup of tea, or tea along with healthy snacks. Personally, I like to watch inspirational videos during morning time after I do my healthy morning routines. Additionally, if you’re in an intimate relationship with someone whether a student or not, watch together as these materials are so empowering. It has also been found effective that giving yourself accountability along with your partner tend to increase higher chances of retaining the information and applying the information learned.
Another thing I can advise is that, don’t simply watch and listen to these just as you would watch a TV show. Instead, grab a pen or pencil along with paper and take note important things you hear. Taking notes is a powerful tool to remember important things. With that in mind, watch these stuff over and over, and to do that, you can bookmark this page to have easy access to it in the future.