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Nothing in this world can take the place of…

By Marcus Santer

The Sunday Quote:

“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.”
President Calvin Coolidge.

I like this.

It’s a quote I read a lot to remind me that hard work is the quality that evens the playing field.

Which reminds me of my favourite Eric Thomas quote:

“You might be smarter, your family might come from privilege, your daddy might own the company. But you will not outwork me!”

Powerful stuff.

Hard work is often what separates success from failure.


My personal experience is that hard-work on it’s own might not be enough.

Here’s an example:

A few years back now my brother in law started his own landscape gardening business. He worked harder than I thought it was possible to work. In fact, if you look up ‘hard work’ in the dictionary I think there’s a picture of him.

But the company still went belly up.

So what’s the answer?

I don’t think there is one.

But I do know failing in spite of putting everything you’ve got into a goal sure feels a whole lot better than knowing you could’ve done more.

I’ve tried both.

And I always bounce back quicker – if a little more confused – when I went all in.

So if you want to be:

Get to work.

And if you need help knowing what to work on… Read my book:

ZEN+ The Art and Science of Living Healthier for Longer

Bye for now


P.S. Ever heard the saying:

“If it was easy everyone would do it.”

Of course you have.

Building your strongest version of you isn’t easy, but it’s simple when you know how.

You’ll find it all laid out for you here

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