Everyday startup business owners face management challenges of both small and large consequences. Your bankers are maybe reviewing your loan application or line of credit, or a competitor may unexpectedly trump your unique selling proposition with a new product a bit too similar to yours for comfort. Some business days are roller coasters of emotions up and down in quick succession. These type of tough times call for tough leaders and persistence, against seeming failure or defeat, separates the winners in both business and life from all-time losers.
One of my all-time favorite business success quotes is from our President Calvin Coolidge. This quote is framed above my desk with a note from my mother “to a persistent lady.” She knew that some days I need extra motivation to keep keeping on.
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. – Calvin Coolidge
Recent studies from Drexel and Northwestern universities discovered that a sudden brainstorm of an idea or solution was actually “the culmination of a series of brain states and processed operating at different time scales.” This is the technical description of persistent focus and viewing problems from many angles that guide the brain to synthesize this information into the classic “Eureka” moment that appears as sudden inspiration.
America’s favorite inventor Thomas Edison says. “the first step is an intuition – and comes with a burst – the difficulties arise.” Here is where persistence comes to help you travel the road from idea to business reality.
Starting a business is a labor of love – so expect hot passion and long cold nights of persistence to reach the blissful union of business success. You will have road blocks, frustrations, disappointments, joy, creativity, and big wins – but only if you remain persistent and continue to work on building your startup firm and not quit before success.
If you’re going through hell, keep going. — Winston Churchill
Sure you will need an excellent idea and some working capital but don’t forget the secret sauce – persistence. This extra dash of motivation is like the wind behind your back that propels you forward. Almost any problem can be overcome with persistence. Surely you have heard that if you can’t go over the mountain, you can go around or tunnel under it. Persistence is the fuel of winners.
Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in. — Bill Bradley
Great you have goals and dreams, but the most important thing to take actions to realize them. Thinking alone never built a bridge or a successful business. Work is needed to turn your dreams into cash.
Winners are not born that way they have built them self up to win. They have harnessed motivation, ambition, and sheer doggedness to wrangle success out of life and so can you.
Don’t let that enemy of happiness, discouragement, get in front of you. Push him aside and march on. Courage is a friend of winners and a foe of defeat.
Paralyze resistance with persistence. — Woody Hayes
If you want to win in life, keep going forward towards your goals, no matter what. The game only ends when you quit. Let persistence be your secret success sauce.
Energy and persistence conquer all things. — Benjamin Franklin