Becoming a Tenacious Evil Genius

10 03 2011

Sometimes, an idea comes along in slaps you in the face.  You’ve hear it a thousand times, but suddenly it clicks.  Then the idea is everywhere, constantly reinforcing itself until you wonder how you’ve survived without it.

(And then the next life lesson comes along and you start all over again.)

So, what am I learning right now?  Tenacity.

It’s fun to say, too.  It’s sounds maniacal.  For the people outside looking in–wondering why you’re running up against the same wall again and again–it probably is maniacal.

Because people give up, after the third or fourth try.  A lot of people, anyways.  But look at anyone with a remarkable story, and you’ll find they got to where they are with a dose of serious tenacity.  Thomas Edison, J.K. Rowling, Walt Disney.  Name a few people you’ve admired and aspire to be like–inside and out of your craft–and find the pattern.  Have you adopted/mastered a tenacious attitude yet?

I’ve touched on this topic a few times in the last month (posts “Writing Stubbornly” and “Big, Good, Strong Hands” particularly).  As I stated in those, you will eventually fail, and you will not feel like getting back up.  Especially after several times of failing.

Many people give up–after failing or merely being afraid of failing–and don’t even realize they’ve given up.  They settle for less, and because of that they do less of what they love.  And that’s no way to live.

Excuse me while I go laugh maniacally.

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.  The fears are paper tigers.  You can do anything you decide to do.  You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.”
-Amelia Earhart
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