agreed?

I came across this awesome Calvin Coolidge quote on darling Bekka’s blog and it stopped me in my tracks.

Persistence

Bold, right?! That Calvin Coolidge was really laying it out there. I just have to say, though, I’m not sure if I agree. I’ve seen (and been one of!) millions of persistent people, completely determined to achieve their dreams, slogging away day after day while people who just happened to be at the right place at the right time zoom past them. I’ve witnessed that it’s sometimes more about who you  know and what you’re willing to do that gets you ahead.

To be fair, I’ve also seen persistent and determined people finally have their day — and those are the most rewarding moments to see! One of our closest friends just booked his first Broadway show, and getting the call from him with the news, hearing his voice shaking and the disbelief in it, was so incredible. And he is one of the ones who’s been persistent, who’s been working at it and chipping away at it. And it’s 100% deserved.

So I don’t know! What do you think? Is there a magic combination of factors that lead to success? Do you think persistence is key? Or do you think the world has changed and there are too many other deciding factors to be able to come to a definitive conclusion? What I do know is that when I find something I love, I go at it wholeheartedly just for the love of it. And maybe that’s enough. xoxo

12 thoughts on “agreed?”

  1. i think the problem lies in perspective. so many people strive and strive and strive for some far off success and are heartbroken because their effortless are seemingly fruitless. we always want what we can’t have. we’re always wanting MORE and MORE… so few times do these people who are always on the go STOP and LOOK at what they already have. and maybe, if you’re trying so hard for something and its not happening for you, you’re trying so hard for the completely wrong things. sooner or later some big, life changing smack down will come that will FORCE you into perspective and jar you onto the correct path. persistence and determination to figure out the person you’re meant to be and NEVER give up improving and growing is key. not job, not relationships, not popularity, not awards. YOU as your person. everything else has a way of figuring itself out… job, relationships, popularity, awards… but if YOURE not figured out, it’ll be a mess forever…. one of the greatest keys to happiness is to stop comparing ourselves to people who SEEMINGLY just have it handed to them. their destiny has nothing to do with us and none of us know what the future holds… its their path. we can still achieve everything we want- if we’re wanting the things we’re meant for. the key is- figuring out what we’re SUPPOSED to have… not just what we THINK we need… *all of this is just my opinion and totally up for rebuttal and disagreement, dur* 😉

    also, hi merms. thanks for this post. hope you’re doing well and enjoying your new house and city 😀

    1. Woah dude. Seriously good points. I feel like this is a key part of the conversation that I totally left out — persistence at what, exactly? And I think for everyone it’s a different answer, for sure. Thanks for the good words. 🙂

    2. the key is- figuring out what we’re SUPPOSED to have… not just what we THINK we need…

      Totally agree. I love the Coolidge quote, but also agree that this universe and life itself will place you right were you need to be. Not that persistence is not needed and that being lazy is the way to go, but if it’s meant to be, it will be.

    3. “the key is- figuring out what we’re SUPPOSED to have… not just what we THINK we need…”

      Totally agree. I love the Coolidge quote, but also agree that this universe and life itself will place you right were you need to be. Not that persistence is not needed and that being lazy is the way to go, but if it’s meant to be, it will be.

  2. As the years have gone by, I always find myself saying, Oh, yes, that was good.. God actually laid it out better than my own, original plan. I also plainly see that in your particular case, a lot of your own personal persistence has PAID OFF!

    1. Agreed. I was saying the other day that I feel like my initial efforts almost always are unsuccessful, but then down the line something even greater than I originally wanted will happen.

  3. Persistence is key.It goes with that quote from Steve Martin, “be so good they can’t ignore you” So talent, genius and working your butt off are important but if you are persistent and prolific luck will come. Someone will see you somewhere and then you get your moment to shine. If you weren’t persistent, and gave up or that one post that one day doesn’t go up because you were lazy, someone might won’t see you and passes right by.

    1. I LOVE that quote! That, to me, almost sums it up better. Because you’re right that it’s a combination of things — you doing the work, putting in the time, and then someone being there to recognize it.

  4. Hey Chelsea! Thanks for posting. Sometimes I see people (especially on their blogs / online presence) and I think, wow, it was so easy for them. But on occasion I am lucky enough to meet them and chat and I realize just how hard they worked, or how much they pushed to get that lucky break. I think people in their online personas tend to hide a lot of the hard work they did. It’s unfortunate because it’s more inspiring to me to see someone sweat a little and then succeed. Thanks again for posting!

    1. It’s so true! I feel like part of being a blogger is making things look easy-breezy and effortless, when in actuality you’ve got to always be hustling. It is so inspiring to see how hard work pays off. Thank you for the inspiration! I’m persevering! 🙂

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