ABOVE ALL ELSE, PERSIST

I have 19 days until I leave London; which means I have plenty of time to kick around the many many museums, exhibitions and theatre that’s on offer. I also finally have the time to rediscover my love of reading and poetry. I am a novice when it comes to poetry – but I enjoy it. Which is really and truly the point of doing anything, correct? My latest love is this saying below that I discovered at the National Portrait Gallery for David Bailey’s Stardust. It wasn’t any of the photographs that blew my mind but the discerning links between happiness, and the discovery of your own loves, passion and desires. I am reading a book by Ken Robinson called ‘The Element’ which examines the relationships between our success and our capabilities should we wish to pursue what we love. Within the exhibition I found a letter that was written about David Bailey from a teacher during his schooling years – suggesting that with his obvious intellect, he could apply amazing potential towards something he loved to do. That teacher was obviously on the money. And thankfully, he found that thing he loved to do. 

I love establishing links, networks and connecting with people. And I am persistent. And I will continue to be. This quote was right alongside that teacher’s letter and I really relate to it: hope you do too. 

“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. The slogan Press On! Has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”

– Calvin Coolidge

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