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Persistence, Persistence,

            and More Persistence!

            Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser

              * What is SUCCESS?                               In  fact,  rarely  does  the  planned  course  unfold  as  it  was
              * How do we define/determine SUCCESS             originally conceived. Please refer to the illustration below.
            in our band world?                                                  When things go awry, it is tempting
              * Moreover, how do we ATTAIN              Dr. Tim  will        to  throw  in the towel and turn our
            SUCCESS?                                  present “Mirror,       backs on the self-assigned goal(s)…even
              * What is the pathway one must           Mirror on the         claiming (rationalizing!) that the original
            traverse to achieve the elusive destination    Wall...”          idea was not worthy and/or certainly not
            we know as SUCCESS?                                              achievable. However what about those
              To borrow an equation from Angela      on July 26, 3 p.m.      who always are at the pinnacle of their
            Duckworth’s wonderful book “GRIT”:       at the convention       game? How do the get there and stay
                                                                             there? Are they always the benefactors
                       TALENT + EFFORT = SKILLS
                                                               of good luck? What do they know/do that ensures their
                   SKILLS + EFFORT = ACHIEVEMENT
                                                               ongoing high level achievements?
              As we can quickly ascertain, the common denominator   Might I suggest all outstanding accomplishments are
            is EFFORT. One can be “talented,” one can be “skilled,”  fueled by PERSISTENCE, or - if you will - “Giving up giving
            but without the magic elixir of EFFORT the “achievement”  up.” Are the many master teachers TALENTED? Of course
            (whatever it may be for each of us) will not be realized.   they are. Are they SKILLED? Absolutely. Above all, they
              It would be logical (then) to simply conclude, “If I  are PERSISTENT. They don’t know any special shortcut or
            dedicate myself to a rigorous schedule of EFFORTING,  some secret code; they just stay “on it” and “at it” until they
            my personal and professional goals will come to fruition.”  arrive  at  the  road  sign  that  reads:  ACCOMPLISHMENT/
            However, we all know - all too well - there is far more   SUCCESS!
            to it. It is not a quick and easy trip from idea to outcome.

                 “What I planned. What happened.” cartoon was created by Julia Gamolina

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