The number 1 quality Google is looking for in new hires is persistence.  Not genius.  Not charisma.  Not who you know, but will you stick to it?  Are you disciplined enough to see it through?

Got an awesome text this morning from my formerly, and terribly, out of shape friend.

5 years ago, at 300+ pounds he started riding.

He started competing.

Getting killed.

Now, he wins races from time to time.  It’s taken 5 years.

I didn’t ask him to text me.  He did because he knows I care and appreciate the battle.

Persistence isn’t easy, it’s not natural… it sure is fun to see, and be.