Welcome to The Blogging A-Z Challenge April 2012! Some of the most popular posts here at The Shellshank Redemption are the Motivational Mondays. So, after consulting the tortoises, we decided to make April our Motivational Month! Please join us for this (almost!) daily dose of alphabetical inspiration. We hope you enjoy it!
* SPECTACULAR ACHIEVEMENT IS ALWAYS PRECEDED BY UNSPECTACULAR PREPARATION. (Robert Schuller) *
For every elite athlete, there were hours and hours of training. There was sweat. There was pain. There was doubt. There was failure.
For every award-winning actor/actress, there were hours and hours of memorizing lines and taking acting classes and going to auditions. There were bad roles and bad scripts. There was pain. There was doubt. There was failure.
For every bestselling or famous author, there were hours and hours of words and lines and pages. There were arguments with characters and with spouses. There were rejections and critique groups and draft after draft of that essay or story or novel. There were index cards all over the floor and storyboards leaning against every wall in the room. There was pain. There was doubt. There was failure.
Every time we read about another “overnight success,” let’s do our best to not get frustrated or depressed. We know the truth. Let’s just smile and nod knowingly, and then get back on that treadmill or head off to that audition or revise that manuscript for the eighth…or ninth…time.
We’ll be “overnight successes” in no time!