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Fortitude

  • Posted on November 30, 2011 at 7:53 am

“I am not a quitter. I will fight until I drop. It is just a matter of having some faith in the fact that as long as you are able to draw breath in the universe, you have a chance.”

– Cicely Tyson

born December 19, 1933

How many times have you been knocked down, stopped in your tracks, told there was no way or kept from doing what you wanted to do?

Did it truly stop you? Did you look for another avenue?

I have found when things aren’t going according to my plans, it is important to take a step back and let the flow of the Universe take over. Sometimes what I think I want and what is meant to be are not always the same. I have often pushed through and found in the end I was not happy with the results.

I then had to re-group and recreate to end up with my ultimate results. But what is the difference between fortitude and letting the Universe be the guide? How can we know how far we are supposed to push to get where we want and how much faith we are supposed to have in the Universe’s plan for our greater good?

It is a fine line and one I am not sure I will ever understand.

Determination

  • Posted on November 13, 2011 at 6:57 am

Mary Kay AshYou cannot keep determined people from success. If you place stumbling blocks in their way, they will use them for stepping-stones and climb to new heights.”

Mary Kay Ash (1918–2001)
Saleswoman and entrepreneur

Determination is one of  my best traits. I rarely give up. I love the sense of completion and have typically been able to see most things through.

I particularly enjoy tackling a new project and learning a new skill. I’ve learned to master most tools and have even single handedly remodeled my own kitchen and bathroom. Well, I did have to ask for help on a few things, but my determination allowed me to learn how to put in a new floor, wainscoting and cabinets in the kitchen. I loved the idea of doing the work myself.

There are quite a few times in my life where determination paid off for me:

  • I won as first place musician playing a bass clarinet when I was 17.
  • I was turned down for a loan on a house so I bought a race car at Laguna Seca and learned to cross country race.
  • I was afraid of flying, so I got my pilots license in 1985.
  • I learned to ski when I was 27 and went on to win an Intermediate 1st place downhill race in 1989.
  • I went into corporate sales in 1980 and became one of the top ten sales people out of 300 within two years.
  • I was terrified of speaking in public and now it is one of my passions.
  • I wrote my first book when I was 50; my eighth will be release in the spring.