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Talent Isn’t Everything: Persistence Is

By Therese J. Borchard
Associate Editor

Talent Isnt Everything: Persistence IsWhenever I see a cocky musical sensation laugh hysterically at the performance or audition of a desperate wanna-be pop singer on “American Idol” or any of its tacky knockoffs, I want to take the mic cord and wrap it around the celeb’s body like 235 times because I know what it feels like to be that girl going after a dream that seems to get farther away with each piece of painful feedback.

“Success is 99 percent perspiration and one percent talent,” my business-savvy father told me back when I was unloading Thin Mints as a Brownie Girl Scout. “The only thing that separates the winners from the losers is perseverance.”

Dr. Seuss was rejected 43 times before his first story was published; a skinny 5’11″ Michael Jordan was cut from his varsity basketball team; Colonel Sanders drove from restaurant to restaurant with his pressure cooker and famous recipe of 11 herbs and spices before he made history with KFC; and didn’t some opinioned jerk tell Katie Couric in her early days that she didn’t have a face for TV?

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Talent Isn’t Everything: Persistence Is

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  1. I am the most persistent person I know. At age 65, I am a Freshman in college. I wrote about my life and won a scholarship.

    I am determined to make a difference in the world, and have been writing to Oprah and other media types pretty much on a daily basis to try and get the message out there regarding verbal abuse (which is usually the precursor to physical violence.)…I will never stop. Growing up, my mother used to say, “Can’t you just let that go?” Apparently, never quitting is something I was born with!

    I intend on making a video for YouTube, called the Silent Scream (for those 1 in 3 women living in silence, fear and shame behind closed doors); that is over 52 million women in the U.S. alone.

    I LOVE the underdog!

  2. Hi,

    This is the first time I’ve ever wanted to comment on someone’s post, and that’s because i simply loved it. Thank you for sharing your experience and struggle. It gives renewed hope that you can succeed at what you decide to succeed at.

    Thank you!!!

  3. The trouble is that when you publish, you must eventually use excellent grammar, unless you are showing a controlled breaking of the rules for a particular purpose. I like it when people use proper grammar. When they don’t, they should have a reason.

  4. Persistence…..that is something that i definitely needed to hear. I for one i am a writer, i love writing but in my country, there are few opportunities to write and even earn from them. Before you know it, you change your career and end up doing something that you did not think about doing. Taking a step to work and concentrate on my website ugandapicks was a big step for me. I and my friend and partner know we may not have money for sometime but knowing that at last, you are doing what you really wanted and still want from the very start is very encouraging. Thank you so much for reminding me that i will not get anywhere if i do not go the extra mile, if i do not close my ears to the negative talk all around me and concentrate on how to get better. Thank you once again.

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