I am fascinated with Angela Duckworth’s work on grit and the importance of deliberate practice as the way to improve performance. Determination and perseverance are vital. I have not spent much time thinking about Calvin Coolidge, but his quote on persistence is exceptional.

F - Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talen


Initiative — the decision to take action — is essential to any success. One of my favorite quotes is from Teddy Roosevelt.


F - In any moment of decision, the best


Finally, creative problem solving is so important.  While a common definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, the underlying concept is that to get different results, you have to try new things.  It’s the commitment and effort to look at things differently and try new solutions that separates the ordinary from the successful.


When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this -- you haven't. (1)


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