FREQUENTLY BEATEN BY HIS FATHER, the boy was constantly told he had no brains. A dysfunctional childhood moved him in and out of a variety of schools. As a result, he grew up a loner and emotionally unsettled. Struggling to make it to a university, his advisor suggested he should pursue a career as an elevator repairman.
EMBRACING ACTING FOR A CHANCE at self-expression, he endured one failure after another. Undaunted, the failures seemed to fuel his unwavering determination to succeed. Between jobs, he worked on his acting skills and began writing screenplays. Rather than using his life experience to make excuses, he chose to view obstacles as stepping-stones. Constantly confronted with failure, he consistently picked himself up and just kept on going. He would later observe, "Success is the culmination of controlling failure." His approach to life, embodied in the vibrant attitude of persistent determination, began to literally permeate his writing.
ONE NIGHT, WHILE WATCHING MUHAMMAD ALI FIGHT Chuck Wepner, the young man was inspired by the underdog's perseverance as Wepner went the distance. Captivated by the boxer's remarkable resolve and persistence, the actor recognized his own life reflected in the boxer's tenacity. He, like Wepner, was an underdog who would go the distance. Energized, the young man wrote his first major script over the next three and a half days. Going the distance, the filming of Rocky established Sylvester Stallone as a successful actor/screenwriter. His persistent determination built him a life, a career, and a future.
CALVIN COOLIDGE, 30TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES noted, "Nothing in the 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's experienced observation suggests all other elements necessary for success are secondary to the driving force of persistent determination. Devoid of its strength, the other elements are powerless to "go the distance."
ACHIEVING OUR DESIRES REQUIRES AN UNQUENCHABLE SPIRIT, irrepressible energy and an undying commitment. These success prerequisites find full empowerment in the essential quality of persistent determination. The drive to go the distance is critical to successful wealth-building. Creativity affords us a multitude of choices and options to persistently pursue investment rewards. Yet too many quit just prior to their moment of triumph. Success always lies just beyond what most people are willing to do. When challenges knock you down, pick yourself up and persistently determine to go the distance.