I listened to Dan Pink's teleconversation about his new book, The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You'll Need from within the mental context of thinking about talent. One of Johnny's lessons is that Persistence Trumps Talent. I agree.
Here's the question. Why don't we emphasis persistence more than talent?
The simple answer seems to be that talent is quantifiable and persistence isn't . Persistence is a function of character, and talent a function of ability.
When I think of persistence, it reminds of the moment in the film, Miracle, about the 1980 USA Olympic hockey team. The sequence you see in this scene from the film is the turning point in the story. The memorable line is "You don't have enough talent to win on talent alone." Watch and see.
Persistence is both effort and mindset. It is a hard thing to create in other people, as we see in this clip.