The Power of Never Quitting
A young boy six years old lost his sight. He was so scared. He was in total darkness. He felt lost, alone and totally abandoned. He was overwhelmed. An already dismal life now looked extremely bleak...dead ended. His mother tried to encourage and console him, but nothing she said could overcome his fear. The fear of the unknown kept him in a state of terror.
As the young boy was lying in bed one morning and refused to get up, his mother, searching for words, made a statement that he would grab on to and change his life forever. She said, "Son, you have lost your sight and nothing can change that. There are things you can't do. But there are lots of things you can do. You have a creative mind. Find something you enjoy and stick with it, no matter what."
To a young, poor, blind child from the south, the possibilities didn't seem too bright. But as this young boy thought about his mother's words, about what he really wanted to do with his life, he dreamed of becoming a recording star. So as a child, he would practice playing the piano and singing each day.
A teacher heard him practicing at school and told the young boy, "You can't play the piano, and God knows you can't sing. You'd better learn how to weave chairs, so you can support yourself." That comment broke the young boy's heart, but he remembered his mother's words and refused to quit.
He practiced different techniques, different styles and different melodies that would fit him. He deeply wanted to become a star and remained focused on his goal. Many times after auditions, people would tell him that he would be better at something else, that he would never succeed at this. Many times the young blind boy cried himself to sleep from the rude remarks. But he would not give up.
Ultimately his perseverance paid off.
In his life, he received countless awards for his music including 12 Grammies. He performed before millions of people including presidents and heads of state. And his unique musical style has made a lasting imprint on all forms of popular music in the past 50 years. All because he kept his mother's words in the back of his mind until the day he died. He wouldn't listen to the negative influences in his life and refused to quit.
The next time someone tells you to forget your dream, remember this young boy who wouldn't quit. If your dream is something that you REALLY want, don't let anything stop you until you achieve it!
A Tribute to twelve time Grammy Winner,
Excerpted from Unstoppable
"The arrow that he bull's eye is the result of a hundred misses."
"What we ponder on and what we think about sets the course of our life."
In life, be a student not a follower. The difference lies in the investment.
Strength does not come from winning. Strength comes from the struggles.
Unless we walk out into the unknown, the odds of making a profound
difference with our lives are pretty low.
Even mistakes turn out to be a stepping stones necessary to
worthwhile achievements, when you persist.
Optimism means expecting the best, but determination means knowing how to
handle the worst.
-- The Zurich Axioms
People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking positive.
When they believe something is possible they have the first secret of success.
--Norman Vincent Peale
...even without success, creative persons find joy in learning. Learning for
its own sake is their reward...
Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move men.
How do I stay positive in such a negative world?"
I do not watch the news; I spend quiet time alone,
I read good positive things including news stories
about good, I listen to music that moves me,
I move and exercise my body (sometimes only 5 minutes
but I move) every day and then I share my positive thoughts
to anyone who will listen.
Dave Boufford -Author of the ezine Positive News
[if we will pursue it]
Have a great day!