Wednesday, February 23, 2011


I think I read somewhere the following: there are two overwhelming principles of success, and all others hinge in these: ‘go-for-it-iveness’ and ‘stick-to-it-veness’. Microsoft word is looking at me as a cow on a new gate when I type those two.

My main point for this post is the second part of success: ‘stick-to-it-iveness’. Visions are always bigger than the visionary that is why they are called visionaries. The distinguishing characteristic of all visionaries is that they believe in something bigger than themselves, something that all their current resources put together will not pull off the vision. The only masterful resource at their disposal is faith, belief. Faith that the vision will happen, and belief that the vision is worth waiting on. ‘Stick-To-It-iveness’!

Sometimes a visionary gets so caught up in the impracticability of the fruition of his vision. Sometimes a visionary suffers lack…lack of money, lack of motivation…sometimes his/her vision is diverted by the current pressures of basic needs: food, shelter and clothing. The distinguishing factor of visionaries is the ability to believe in their dream even when obscured by the current pressures of the world.

The best we can do is just gaze at the vision…yes, we might be totally incapacitated…at the moment, but now is not the time to give up on it altogether. Stick-to-it-iveness. One great scientist said that the reason he is more successful than others is because he stays with problems longer than others…and I am sure he sticks to his vision in the face of his problem…and ‘outsticks’ the problem.

At this moment in time, the above perfectly describes yours truly. One of the best quotes I have heard is by Mary Manin Morrisey “Absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence”. Again, I heard someone else say “What lies before me and what lies behind me are nothing compared to what lies within me”! Enough said.

The following song has been playing in my heart for quite a while, helping me to stick-it-out.

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder,  
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger,  
May you never take one single breath for granted,  
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed,  
I hope you still feel small When you stand beside the ocean,  
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens, 
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance, 
I hope you dance I hope you dance 

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance, 
Living might mean taking chances but they're worth taking,  
Lovin' might be a mistake but it's worth making  
Don't let some hell bent heart Leave you bitter,  
When you come close to selling out reconsider, 
Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance, 
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance,
 I hope you dance~Lee Ann Womack

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