High Hopes and Hard Work

“It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.”

— Babe Ruth

AdobeStock_100995809 [Converted] c geosapIt isn’t always easy to keep going in the face of adversity, and there are times when you do need to acknowledge failure. Not that doing so means you give up, mind you. Sometimes all that’s required is a fresh view or approach, or a more detailed understanding of what’s required for success.

I recently met a man, an artist, who makes a living selling his paintings. Since I know a lot of people with talent who would like to do something like that, but have no idea how, I told him I respect those who can make a living with their art. He laughed and gave credit to a team of people supporting him, such as his marketing person and probably a lot of individuals who work hard and stay silently behind the scenes.

Now he’s talented, no doubt about it, his work merits success. Still, without knowing scoot about him, I imagine along the way he had to figure out a few things. Maybe someone gave him a copy of “Dummies Guide to Success as a Painter.” Maybe he had all the right people every step of the way guiding him to success. It’s more likely he had to sort through a lot of well-intended advice and suffer a few failures.

I have my dreams, but they’re vague and poorly defined right now. I believe there is a way for me to successfully use my talents, one I’d find rewarding, and I’m seeking that way. There are barriers for me, and I’m not certain how they’ll factor in.

If you believe in the value of your dreams, it is worth the fight to pursue them. Some of my fellow bloggers show great talent in various areas and I know are seeking a way to bring that talent in the broadest way possible to the rest of the world. I hope they do, and I can brag I “knew them when.”

Success as a practical goal requires knowing what you want and knowing what it takes to make it yours. There’s plenty of advice out there for many endeavors, but some leave out basic information.

AdobeStock_109760634 [Converted]For example, if you want success as a writer, you need to be a good writer. That includes having a grasp on basic grammar and punctuation, something I am forever learning and re-learning. I’ve read a multitude of articles about writing, and surprisingly, none address that simple fact. Yet editors everywhere will tell you their job is to catch mistakes (the assumption being you do know the correct way to do it) and polish writing. Not overhaul it.

The practical skills, the step-by-step actions required, the commitment to keep going when giving up seems the better option. Perseverance is hard, and dreams can be challenging.

“Never, never, never quit.”

— Winston Churchill

Churchill was a man who faced unending obstacles, yet he did remarkable things. I do think upbringing and family values play into our success; I don’t feel well-versed enough on that subject to elaborate here, but advantages help breed success. Still, those with less have a lot if they seek it, and in today’s world, there are resources for most.

I fully recognize the challenges some of you are facing today, and I don’t want to minimize the pain and frustration you’re facing. I have been in situations when all hope seemed lost, yet little by little I was able to rebuild my life. It has taken me some time to get back to a point where pursuing dreams was a possibility. Survival was the issue for so long.

How you define success will shape what you achieve as well. If you believe you must win the Nobel prize for literature to be considered a successful author, you will almost certainly fail. Not that I would discourage anyone from striving to make their writing fit a standard that would make it acceptable to the jury for that prize. That is a more reasonable goal, although even it is a challenging one for most writers.

AdobeStock_98361776 [Converted]If your goal is to make a living from your craft, look at the multiple ways that can be achieved. Some of those ways will not be an option for you, but you may find a door opens you didn’t expect.

If you find yourself discouraged, frustrated or overwhelmed by your dreams, take a deep breath and look for a simple next step. Or re-visit old steps. Give yourself a break when you need to,  but never quit. Never.

 

 

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11 Comments on “High Hopes and Hard Work

  1. I think I associate the word “quit” with stopping work. When something is my passion, it’s so different from a job. Sometimes, it truly is a journey – the path doesn’t stop, it just forks occasionally into unknown directions. You are so correct that the key is to move forward, rather than stay in the same place!

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  2. This just now showed up in my Inbox. Grr-rrrrrr. Your posts, no matter what you are writing about, are always so positive, Belinda. I see Life Coach in your future.

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    • Thank you! I want to be encouraging and realistic — I can’t ignore how much life sucks sometimes and I believe there are times you need to give in to your pain & fears, fully feel all of those horrible things, yet you can’t stay there. Of course until you fully feel them sometimes you can’t get past them. Anyway, I believe in looking for the positive outcome, and it’s a choice.

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    • I still laugh at that sweet picture of your cat wearing a tie. He actually looks like he’s smiling. Mine would be giving me the evil eye for months…if not years…

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  3. Belinda, I always enjoy reading what you write 🙂
    When I am on top of things I find physically moving away from it – even if it’s for a short drive or ‘walk’ – can help clarify things. Also, being grateful for the little things helps enormously. At the moment, with my stresses, I’m cocooning myself in my imaginary tales!
    Hugs! xox

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    • Such a good point! When I’m at my lowest, I often make a point of getting out of the house, no matter how short the distance. It seems to break the “spell,” and that includes moments of severe depression. I haven’t experienced those in years, but that was one way I learned to cope — getting out the door.

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  4. A great insight and inspiring post, Belinda. We must never give up as we pursue our dreams and we should keep our minds open to some unexpected journey that the route might take us on.

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