Not sure when this came from but it is a nice motivator to "give it a go" and "give it a second go". Seth Godin is my favorite motivator and he achieves this through looking at things in a slightly different way. There is a truth to many things that is not what you first see. When we see success we often think it has happened overnight but
"That's why it usually takes years for something to become an overnight success. The culture changes from the edges, and gradually, we come to answer the question about a hat or a software network or a car with, yes, in fact, people like me actually do use something like this." Seth Godin
These messages of persistence are what we nee to keep feeding our students if we want something from them more than what the standards say we should get.