If there is one thing I could share with future generations, it would be to press on. To never give up, no matter what life throws at you. Its too easy to become discouraged and throw in the towel. Besides, they say that great men must experience great pain. So I welcome it! Constantly testing myself. Being persistent, determined and mastering my problem solving skills.
Calvin Coolidge, our 30th President, reiterated this concept perfectly when he said,” 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. The slogan ‘press on’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
Just take into account the unrelenting persistence of Thomas Edison. Edison wasn’t the only one experimenting with incandescent light bulbs back in 1878. However, he was the only one willing to test over 6,000 possible filament until he eventually got it right. And boy oh boy did it pay off! Once again proving Coolidge’s point that talent, genius and education is simply persistence in disguise.
Being determined and taking action through all of your problems will never fail you, but doing noting is detrimental. “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit at home and think about it. Go out and get busy,” said Dale Carnegie, the steel tycoon. Or take it from Campbell who said, “People who want milk should not seat themselves on a stool in the middle of a field in hopes that a cow will back up to them.”
With that said, I practice what I preach by not allowing my current imprisonment, along with the negative influences within, to prevent me from becoming the absolute best person I can possibly be. Utilizing every second of every day, I am intentional with every word, action and thought. I workout religiously and am careful of what I consume and put within my temple. I read and write until it hurts, sign up for every class available, surround myself with like minded people, and am working towards my bachelors degree. So remember that when the times get rough, just press on!