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. The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.
And he's right. Persistence is everything. And though I've long wanted to someday implement Orthogonal Persistence, I admit I have a lot of trouble trying to achieve explicit persistence, or having the right stuff to persist to begin with. Let's improve this year!