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


Your talent alone is nothing without the unlimited power of persistence. When adversity strikes you have two clear choices. Give up or get up. There is no in-between. If you are to live a life worth living then you have to invite persistence to be a steadfast companion. It is the key to survival and to weathering storms, and a crucial component of resiliency. The most unique fact about persistence; it carries on an effect long after the cause is removed, which makes it the proverbial “silver lining” parting gift of weathering storms. In the end, it becomes you. It’s no longer merely a descriptor, nor a separate trait, but rather you [yourself] being the reason that you get back up after you are knocked down.

There are no permissions granted to being successful. There is only the persistence of staying the course while you work out how to get there.