Persistence Of The Monkeys…

Nothing in this 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

Knowing who you are and where you want to be in life is only the beginning of the path to contentment. Having a clear picture of your desires is an important first step. A journey can’t begin unless there is a destination firmly established… Otherwise it’s just rambling around.

Keep at it! Giving up is no better than never starting...

Keep at it! Giving up is no better than never starting…

We’ve established who we are and what we want to be when we grow up. The path is uncovered and we’re ready to go. What more do we need? Persistence, and lots of it…

Persistence is the fuel that powers our mental vehicle.  Dreams and vision are made real by persistence.  Figuring out who we really are and what we desire seemed a difficult and frustrating task, and it was.  But now the real work begins.

Doug and I know where we want to be in life… Now we have to get there. We have a clear map that starts with us now and ends with a big red X and smiley faces. Getting there will not be easy though.

The exciting aspect of our monkey odyssey is at least we know what direction to go in now. Before, we had wistful half dreams and a vague desire to “do something else”. After completing the previous exercises, we now have a framework on which to hang our efforts.

A lot of energy will be expended in reaching our goals. But it will all be directed towards our final destination, and not wasted on scattered half wishes and the dreariness of no direction.

We have a goal, a destination firmly set. Persistence will get us there. Any obstacle that bars our way won’t be an insurmountable wall anymore… we’ll climb it, learn new skills and flick our tails at it as we continue on. Without a goal, setbacks often mean failure. With a goal and persistence, there are no setbacks… Only opportunities to learn, grow and improve ourselves.

Persistence cracks the coconut.

Persistence cracks the coconut.

Persistence is never giving up, no matter what others tell you. It is slogging on to reach your goal, in spite of the negativity hurled at you. Who knows better than you what you desire? Exactly… no one…

The real issue is not talent as an independent element, but talent in relationship to will, desire, and persistence. Talent without these things vanishes and even modest talent with those characteristics grows. ~ Milton Glaser

Believe in yourself and your dreams. Work towards making them real. Chip away at it each day… Build upon each tiny success and keep forward momentum. Turn obstacles into springboards and move towards your goal with a new found push… Keep working at that coconut… You’ll get it open if you keep trying.

What will try to hold you back?


  1. How do we fuel the persistence? Lot’s of people get discouraged.

    1. I fuel my persistence by having a clear image of what I want to accomplish and where I want to be in life. In the past, life is what happened to me as I was on autopilot… Reacting instead of acting. It’s easy to become discouraged if there isn’t a clear goal in mind.

      I spent a lot of time and mental effort pinning down who I am now, instead of forming myself to the old ideas of me. After discovering my authentic self, I thought about what I want in life… This was difficult for me, being that I was used to autopilot mode.

      I firmly established what I desire in and from life, and guide my efforts towards these goals… I guess the key,for me, is narrowing down desire, and focusing on it. That way, even tiny advancements towards the goal seem like victories.

      Thanks for the input…

    2. Great article Doug. Another way to fuel persistence might be to seek out people who can keep you going. I found that having one or two friends who stand behind me (and keep me accountable) gives me the energy to push on. The internet is also a great place to find like-minded and supportive communities.

      1. Thanks, Osprey. I agree that having people supporting your efforts keeps things moving and on track. I have a built in proofreader and fans of my drawings who live under the same roof as me… Getting feedback from others online is nice too. I know I’m not dropping bottled notes in the ocean… Thanks for taking the time to offer your perspective.

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