I think there are 3 primary ingredients for success. A certain amount of ability, a favourable environment and persistence. Persistence is probably the most important of them. Abilities can be gained through persistence and even hostile environments can be overcome with persistence.
But beyond heroic persistence there is that everyday persistence that gets things done. For me this is a mystery. Where does this come from? How do we keep at something for ages? Is it a hopeful outcome? Even hope requires a persistent sort of thinking or a persistent sort of attitude.
Truth is, I haven’t been persistent with most things. Which identifies why I’m no where regarding career. I’m getting deskilled and atrophying as a person simply because I haven’t kept at any one thing for a sufficient length of time. Where is this Holy Grail of persistence?