“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 alone 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.” -John Calvin Coolidge.

This saying is my tip for you this week as you begin to hustle to have ends meet. In life I have discovered that talent is essential, education is vital but without persistence to show your talent and reveal your education, they will decay with you. Eventually you will become a liability to your generation. This is what most people don’t understand.

Don’t try to be complacent with your talent, gift and education. Maximize them by making good use of them and by practicing them always. You will find out that the more you do some, the more you will end up becoming a celebrity and a legend in that area of your gift, talent and education.

Therefore as you start your week, be persistent in that area of your talent, gift, calling and education. Remember that nothing good comes so easily. There will be enemies to hinder in various ways. The self in you will oppose you by requesting you to take it easy. However, what will bring you to the podium is your dedication and persistence as John Calvin Coolidge said. Possession of  educational certificates of different kinds, gifts unused and talents untapped is not enough until you have proved that you have a certificate; that you are endued with talents and gifts with your dedication and use of all these.

As a pastor, persist in prayer and preaching the word. As a teacher, show your talent and gifts by the way you will take your job seriously. As medical personnel, your commitment and persistence in attending to people will distinguish you. The bankers, marketers, artisans, etc., should likewise do the same. Give yourself to your work and you will obviously see the difference you will make in the society.

Have a glorious week!

Your friend and fan,

Tabugbo Uzoma

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