As a kid, my dad gave me a card with this quote. It always stuck with me, literally and figuratively. I keep the card in my wallet to this day. (I just don’t carry a wallet anymore, thanks to this nice iPhone case I have.) The point is, persistence pays off, where all else fails.
“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.”
― Calvin Coolidge