Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not: nothing is more common than unrewarded talent.
Education alone will not: the world is full of educated failures.
Persistence alone is omnipotent.”—Calvin Coolidge
“At Nike we probably didn’t win many Wall Street friends in the early years because we didn’t pay as much attention to them as other companies did. Instead, we spent most of our time looking at consumers and the world they, not the analysts, lived in. Interestingly, what has proved to be reckless and unsustainable are many Old Brand World marketing and brand-development practices.”—A New Brand World ( Scott Bedbury)
“He noticed that the face value of the local rial coins was less than the value of their silver content. So he put out word in the souks that he would buy every coin he could get. He gathered the coins, melted them down and sold the silver bullion. His operation was shut down after three months—the authorities were annoyed to see that all the coins were disappearing from circulation. But he made a mint, so to speak.”—Borderless Economics: Chinese Sea Turtles, Indian Fridges and the New Fruits of Global Capitalism by Robert Guest