“Persistent?” A Jolt of Joan for the week of 1/26/14
You’ll recognize these words of Calvin Coolidge, the 30thPresident of the United States, “Nothing…can take the place of persistence. Talent will not…
Genius will not; …Education will not; …
Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent…”
Omnipotent, that signals power with no limits. Another President of the US, John Quincy Adams,
extolls perseverance as having “… a magical effect before which … obstacles vanish.”
Nevertheless, when obstacles relentlessly loom before us,
we are likely not to be mindful of the power of perseverance. Rather, many facing these obstacles feel the urge
to leap into despair, seeking release there.
Joan King’s life path embodies the blending of the hard and noetic sciences. At the tender age of seventeen, she stepped into life at the Dominican convent in her hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana. Eleven years later she left that religious training to become a chemist, and then received a Ph.D. in neuroscience and psychology. Her twenty-year tenure as a professor at Tufts University School of Medicine, lead her to a dynamic crossroads of personal self-discovery. She left academia. Her new found "inner knowing" ignited the writing of her first book. It became the foundation in understanding how our bodies model the teachings of our beliefs. Joan King’s blending of science and spirituality birthed her professional coaching business, Beyond-Success LLC, in 1998.