“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.” Calvin Coolidge “Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.” Julie Andrews “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” Maya Angelou I was reflecting this week on the importance of persistence and perseverance in our personal and professional lives. Many factors play a role in helping an individual achieve their goals and gain fulfillment. Growth, successfully overcoming obstacles, and helping others do the same keep us moving and motivated. These elements also validate our past efforts. On the other hand, persistence and perseverance, especially after a long period of time, can drain us of energy and can kill inspiration. Nevertheless, these traits are required to find success. So how do we cultivate persistence and perseverance? Quotes like the ones above help remind me of the power and importance of persistence and perseverance. As Calvin Coolidge stated, nothing can replace the value of it. What are some quotes and truths that inspire you to persevere?