“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
Never Stop Learning
Never stop learning, especially when presented with adversity. Remember, your brain is only as good as the inputs it receives — spend your life filling it with new inputs that will help you dream up new courses to conquer. Your life is Up To You!
Never Stop Dreaming
One of the most important elements in dreaming is to dream without limitations, to dream with reckless abandon, to dream as if no one is watching or judging you. Dreaming is very personal — it’s what makes you, you. But, to dream big dreams, you have to dream without limits, and that can be hard when you’ve grown up learning the rules of your house, the rules at school, the rules at work.
Never Stop Believing in Yourself
Trust me: If you never stop believing in yourself and your courses, you will become unstoppable at living your dreams. Like the river that can flow over some obstacles and go around others by gradually carving its own path, as you continue to believe in yourself, you will be able to conquer all obstacles in your path.
Never Stop Looking for That Light
It helps me to search for the light in any storm I encounter. I have this painting hanging right across from where I sit for every meal to remind me that no storm lasts forever. Every storm has its light; you just need to find it. And, the way to find that light is to never stop looking.
Never Stop Pulling
My crew coach was more than a coach — he was more of a mentor of boys aspiring to be men. He instilled in me, and hundreds like me, the makings of manhood and how to be a true teammate. He taught me how to pull hard on and off the water, how to win as a team, and no matter what, how to never stop pulling.
“Before the gates of excellence, the high gods have placed sweat.”