There are a great many characteristics that people often attribute to success, but none is more necessary than tenacity. Without determination and the ability to commit to the task with hard work when passion is quiet, most brilliant ideas would lay dormant and forgotten.
"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
Often people focus on the talent or brilliance involved in someone's success. Intelligent men and women are noted for their intelligence while the artists are noted for their creativity or talent. Talent and intelligence are wonderful things, but they don't grow unless you keep pushing to learn, grow, and accomplish more. Your goals can only be met by continuing to strive.
"Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out."
– Robert Collier
When success is not easily achieved, it can look from the outside like the successful have some talent or innate ability that we don't have. The truth is, everyone has the ability to succeed if they continually try, even in small ways, to improve and work toward their goal on a daily basis.
"Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity."
– Louis Pasteur
Great discoveries are made by people who didn't give up. Whatever other talents they have could not shine unless they put in the effort to keep going, especially through failures.
"Patience and tenacity are worth more than twice their weight in cleverness."
– Thomas Huxley
Intelligence and quick wit are appealing and often highly prized. People who are naturally intelligent or talented often have an easier time advancing their skills. In truth, though, the person who is determined and driven to succeed can surpass even the more intelligent and talented.
"The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: hard work, stick-to-itiveness, and common sense."
– Thomas A. Edison
While many qualities are common to successful people, tenacity remains one of the essential ingredients to success.