This week five of our blog contributors, including myself, will share quotes that have been meaningful to each of us in the course of developing our careers.
“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.” – Calvin Coolidge
I keep this quote on persistence taped inside the kitchen cupboard that holds my coffee mugs. As an avid coffee drinker, I put this quote inside my mug cabinet to ensure that everyday starts with it’s not so subtle reminder (Subtlety doesn’t work on me until the second cup kicks in).
I have seen persistence prevail over and over in my 20+ years in the photography business. Whether struggling with a new technique, defining the parameters of a personal project or making sales calls; the stamina to continue the work necessary to build my career in photography receives the highest marks for making that dream a reality.