Archive for Perseverance

Jan
02

Video: They Did It Anyway

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Un-Pursued Dreams

I sometimes hear about dreams that people had, that they didn’t pursue because they were told that “you can’t do that for a living.”  It may be starting a business, it may be music, or it may be sports broadcasting.  Please note that these are all things that people do actually do.  It is true that some fields are more competitive than others, but why not try your hand at it and see how well you can do?

The Nay-Sayer’s Good Intentions

The people (often parents) who say “you can’t do that” usually have good intentions.  They don’t want their child to fail.  They’re concerned about their child taking risks and ending up disappointed or in debt.  To this I say that life is full of risks, and as hard as it is to achieve a dream, the last thing an ambitious person needs is for someone to hold them back.  What they really need is guidance in how to face the challenges that their dream entails… support in getting the information they need to start them on their way, and encouragement along a challenging road.

Allowing Your Child Their Own Vision

Perhaps the nay-sayer has a different vision for their child’s future, and doesn’t understand their child’s passion for a specific dream.  To this I say that each person’s life is their own, and that expecting your child to fulfill your dreams or follow your plan is overly controlling.  One important job for parents is to help the child discover their own direction in life, their own talents, their own dreams, and how to pursue them.

Video

This video is a great example of two self-educated artist brothers who pursued their dream despite the messages they heard that “you can’t do that for a living.”  I don’t know where they heard these messages, and it may not have been from their parents.  But their story is nonetheless a great example of pursuing your dreams and interests.  I wish them continued joy in their art work, and hope that their story inspires you to pursue your ambitions and interests as far as you can take them, whether it is as a hobby or as a vocation.

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Anda Jines MS LCPC offers mental health counseling services in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, in Tinley Park, IL (60477); near Orland Park, Oak Forest, Orland Hills, Palos Heights, Mokena, and Frankfort. Click here for more about Anda Jines MS LCPC.

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Oct
17

Inspiring Stories: William Kamkwamba

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Life presents us all with struggles, but they are not equally difficult.  Some have to overcome more than others, making their accomplishments all the more meaningful. William Kamkwamba faced very difficult circumstances, and was reportedly surrounded by people who discouraged his creative problem solving.  I applaud him for his ingenuity and perseverance. (His accent may be a little difficult to understand at times, but his story still comes across strong and clear.)

Anda Jines MS LCPC offers mental health counseling services in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, in Tinley Park, IL (60477);  near Orland Park, Oak Forest, Orland Hills, Palos Heights, Mokena, and Frankfort.

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Sep
05

If You’ve Never Failed, You’ve Never Lived

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Mistakes and Failures Happen

“The worst mistake you can make in life, is to be continually fearing that you will make one.”  This was one of the sayings in a little flip-book of quotes that I got from a teacher in junior high.  I can’t remember who said it, but I find myself repeatedly reminded of it.  It says volumes about the necessity of risk in life, and hints at the normalcy and usefulness of mistakes and failures.

Growth Through Error, Growth Through Risk

I’ve since come across many similar quotes, about mistakes and failures, that all carry the same core messages:  failure is part of life, it is a learning opportunity and a stepping stone.  We all must learn how to accept this reality, and learn from our failures.  We must see it as an integral part of the fabric of life, and when life knocks us down, we’ve got to get right back up.

Here are a few examples:

  • “A man’s errors are his portals of discovery.” – James Joyce
  • “A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing.” – George Bernard Shaw
  • “It is on our failures that we base a new and different and better success.” – Havelock Ellis
  • “Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy
  • “When life knocks you down, you have two choices – stay down or get up.”  – Tom Karuse

Some people have an idealistic view of those who have succeeded in life… as if they had never made mistakes or failed.  This video shows that failure does not have to be the end of the story.  Life goes on and success may be down the road after all.

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