Startup Tip 28: Persist

This quote sums up startup persistence: “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people 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

Action: Take one positive action today to practise startup persistence

Is today one of those days where you just need to keep persisting? What is one positive action you can take that will move your business forward? Do it!

Extra Reading: Startups don’t die

Read Justin Kan’s TechCrunch post on persistence here: Startups Don’t Die, They Commit Suicide.  I love the excerpt below. It really sums it up:

“Persistence isn’t just key — it is everything. Getting in the ring is hard, but staying in the ring is even harder, especially when you feel beaten down, tired and alone. Successful entrepreneurs will readily tell you about the good times, their secrets to success, and even their mistakes (with a ready helping of how they overcame them), but they will rarely mention the times they were ready to throw in the towel and do something else. The truth is that everyone has those moments, and the guys you read about on the cover of Fortune were the ones that didn’t quit at them.

I can’t promise you will succeed if you stick with your startup. What I can promise is that if you give up, you won’t possibly succeed.”

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