Today, I heard the story of an amazing survivor, Major Joe Crecca, from the POW camps in Vietnam. Joe flew F-4C Phantoms and was shot down, captured and spent his time in the “Hanoi Hilton.” Tortured and starved, he was released six years later in 1973, and went on to work for Federal Express as a pilot. Now in his late 60s, he has a uplifting story to tell.
What was so remarkable is that he focused his comments around one of the three Success Secrets of all self-starters: Perseverance. And boy, did he self-start! He taught classes to other POWs; formed cooking groups; kept up the morale ofothers; and communicated regularly with Senator McCain! His motto was “Press on.”
His riveting story ended it with this quote from Calvin Coolidge. “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.”
I offer this to you–Persevere in your dreams. Grab ahold of your vision,. Lasso your passion, and press on!
Where have you perservered in the face of adversity?