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Tenacity

  • Posted on June 22, 2011 at 4:38 pm

?”Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.”

– Amelia Earhart

(7-24-1897 -7-2-1937)

I have a wide stubborn streak. I came by it through adversity. I am actually proud that I am stubborn in such a way that it means I don’t give up. It stated when I was about six and would fall nearly every time I ran. It wasn’t until I was 40 and went to my first chiropractor that the x-rays revealed my right hip was 1/2″ lower than my left. For a six year old, that is an insurmountable difference. I was also pigeon-toed which exaggerated the challenge.

It wasn’t until I was 15 however, when my English teacher Mrs. Lemos, kept me after school every day to read Shakespeare while holding my tongue that I learned behaviors, habits and even physical challenges could be conquered. By the end of my Sophomore year, I no longer stuttered and at the end of my Junior year, I was able to walk with my toes pointing straight.

I was well into my 30’s when I overheard my father tell someone “We always knew if we wanted something done, we’d just tell Sharyn it couldn’t be done!”

I still look at the unknown as a challenge to conquer. I have delegated myself as an “info junkie” and truly love learning new concepts.

One time I had a prospect who told me they wouldn’t do business with me because I was too tenacious. I asked “. . . and that’s bad because . . . ?”