Persistence: I May Fail but It Won’t Be Today

“Nothing in this 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. The slogan ‘press on’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”~ Calvin Coolidge

It is hard to follow a quote like that. Yet, after reading it, I could not let it go. There is a message that must be explored if only in brief. Whatever life is tossing, in some cases, angrily hurling your way, there is but one course to take. Press on!

What is happening in your life today? Are there circumstances that threaten to tear you down, undermine all that you have done, all the progress you’ve made? Are there situations and events that seek to prevent progress toward your goals? I know, in my life, I currently face challenges that seem insurmountable; mostly financial. A year ago I gave up everything I knew and every cent to my name to pursue a dream. I am now living in a foreign country, one that I love and with someone I love more than the world, yet I do not fully understand this new life in this new place. While building a new life I am also building a new business; an international, online business and I haven’t a clue how to do it. The learning curve is dauntingly steep and the resources I need to truly understand it and learn, though available, are not affordable right now. I just don’t have the funds for the education I need. And yes, there are days when I just want to stop; when it seems I will never attain this dream while putting this one free nugget of information I found into action and looking for the next one to take me one step further; when the double edged sword of financial need overwhelms me.

Don’t think for a minute that money is my motivation. It is not. I would do exactly what I am doing now if I never got paid a cent. I honestly would. The unfortunate fact and reality of life is that the grocery store owner does not feel the same. Nor does the power company, the gas station, the landlord or my internet provider. They are about profits not good will. I don’t take issue with that as it is how the world operates and all things considered it is a fair expectation. Money is a necessity and is simply something that is in short supply at present in my life. And yes, some days, I just want to quite. I know I have the talent for the dream. I know I have the brains to accomplish the task.  I know I can learn what I do not already know and understand in order to succeed. I know I have the heart. And so, in the words of Calvin Coolidge, I PRESS ON.

Will you? Are you willing to Press On, Press in and Press through whatever barriers you face; in spite of them, even in defiance of them? Whether it be weight loss, a fitness goal, a professional pursuit or a relational interest, I hope you are. I just know that if you are willing to put forth the effort, and I’m saying this to myself as well, that you will succeed. I just know it. It may not come as easily as it has for another. Maybe someone else in your field of interest seems to soar with ease while you struggle on the sidelines of life. When I consider that, I think the one who struggles to succeed is the truest victor.

The attitude that wins in the end is the one that says, “I may fail but it won’t be today!”

Take it one day at a time, each day determined that you will not fail, that you will do anything and everything before you to take one more step toward your dream, goal and destiny. In the face of adversity, PRESS ON. You’ll succeed. You’ll rise up in victory over defeat. You’ll seize the dream and fulfill your destiny. I know you will if you PRESS ON.

I want to help you press on today. If you are struggling with weight loss or nutritional strategy, I have some opportunities you may wish to accept. I am launching a FREE 30 Day Nutritional course that you can register for now that will help clear the confusion about proper nutrition and empower your weight and fitness goals. Visit for more information. I also have a few programs that combine custom fitness and nutritional strategies that are design to help you meet your goals. Check them out at, and . They are comprehensive, custom and dare I say it, affordably priced. It’s true, they are about 1/3rd the price they are worth because I’m trying to remove any barrier that may prevent you from pressing on and succeeding.

I want you to PRESS ON and WIN!

Join me, will you?


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  • Linda Chandler

    Carl this is just how I experience you. You will never give up, always pushing for the next thing. Congrats

    • Carl Mason-Liebenberg

      Thank You!!!!