“People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don’t know when to quit. Most people succeed because they are determined to.”
— George E Allen
“The difference between the impossible and the possible
lies in a person’s determination.”
— Tommy Lasorda
“My motto was always to keep swinging. Whether I was in a slump or feeling badly or having trouble off the field, the only thing to do was keep swinging.”
— Hank Aaron
We used to say when we were kids, “no brain, no pain,” when referring to someone who succeeds without apparent ability. Of course, we were the judges and jury when it came to apparent ability. What we were good at was putting other people down, and when we did this, it automatically made us better, more fortunate, smarter. Or so we thought. Little did we know that we were creating limitations on ourselves and belittling ourselves.
The truth is that some people with a tenth of our own ability (again, our own view), will succeed because they don’t know any better. They just think they can and they do. They just go and try and they succeed. They are willing to fail and we were not.
That reminds me of when I was a kid and I just loved playing baseball, but I wasn’t one of the “in crowd” of known ball players. So, I would watch some of the better players and they didn’t make any less mistakes than I did, but somehow they made it look “cooler” when they did. I thought that was fascinating. It is absolutely perception and perception IS reality to each person.
So, Hank Aaron kept swinging. Great strategy. Does how many times to do a thing help you do it better? Does practice indeed make perfect? You betcha. It’s all part of the determination thing. You want it; you want it bad; you aren’t as good at it as others, so you practice more, and learn more, and read more books, and try more things, and listen to successful people of how they do it, and try, and practice it, and improve it and practice that.
How determined are you? On a scale of one to ten? A better phrase than “no brain, no pain,” would be, “no risk, no reward.” It’s not ability, or intelligence, it’s determination. Write this quote down and keep it in your wallet or purse:
“Nothing can resist the human will that will stake even its existence on its stated purpose.” — Benjamin Disraeli
I Alone Determine What Is Possible Or Not.
Spread Some Joy Today–Whatever you’ve been thinking you couldn’t do because of ______ or ________, today, right now, is the only time you can change that. It matters not what anyone else thinks, but it matters all what you think.