Tag Archives: persistence and writing

First-rate Advice

A story: Irving Berlin, the creator of many American standards, including “White Christmas,” enjoyed an enormously successful songwriting career that spanned decades. When he and George Gerswhin first met, Irving was already wildly famous and George was a struggling composer … Continue reading

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Rise Up

“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.”   Ralph Waldo Emerson What a refreshing remark! Somehow, everything in our society tells us that we shouldn’t fail – that failure is bad, that … Continue reading

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No Limits

“The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful will win.” “The reason sport is attractive to many of the general public is that it’s filled with reversals. What you think may happen doesn’t happen. A champion … Continue reading

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Show Up!

Wow, what a story! Monday, the day of the Boston Marathon, offered up some of the worst weather conditions ever: Pouring rain. Freezing air. High winds. Yet despite all this, Desiree Linden became the first American woman in 33 years … Continue reading

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Those Days

“The quality of writing I do on the days I don’t feel like it is just as good as the quality on the days I do feel like it.”   John Kenneth Galbraith What a liberating insight—and what value and comfort … Continue reading

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A Minute

“You have only just a minute, Only sixty seconds in it Force upon you, can’t refuse it, Didn’t seek it, didn’t choose it But it’s up to you to use it. You must suffer if you lose it Give account … Continue reading

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Arthur Advises

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”   Arthur Ashe When I saw these words chalked on a board outside The Local, a neighborhood coffee cafe, they instantly lifted my spirits. What a simple strategy! It … Continue reading

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