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“I Quit!”

When our son Collin was ten he wanted to try out for the football team. My wife and I let him with the understanding that if he made the team, he had to stick it out.

The first two weeks were misery. Between the physical conditioning, the bulky equipment and getting knocked around like a human piñata, Collin was not a happy kid. He wanted out.

But my wife and I had made a pact. (Easy for us, we weren’t the ones getting tackled every afternoon.) To his credit, Collin stuck it out and continued to play football for years after that. In fact, he went on to play rugby in high school. (He likes to live dangerously.)

Based on the research I’ve done on problem solving, innovation and leadership, I’ve found that persistence is a common thread.When you consider all the best thinkers and inventors, not only were they brilliant, they were relentless.

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