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I’m Not a Genius, I’m Relentless

I posted this status on my personal Facebook page last week:

Edit 7/21/17: Sometimes the post decides to NOT show up – here’s the actual text of it just in case: 

Thought for the day:

The other day, I was talking to a mom about different things we do in our homeschool. She looked at me in awe, and said, “Wow, you’re so smart… I could never do all those things.”

I tilted my head and thought for a minute… then I said, “I’m not all that special, I’m not a super-genius… what I AM… is relentless. When I decide to do something, I do it. I work and I work at it, and eventually I get it. I NEVER GIVE UP believing in my ability to learn.”

What we need in this world is more people like that. People willing to work and work at something for the better of themselves and their family. We don’t need to be told how to live, how to eat and how to die. We don’t need to be told that we must do this or that thing. We need to be relentless in our pursuit of knowledge to the betterment of ourselves and our families. Because when we do that, everyone benefits.

Don’t misunderstand. I am not perfect, in fact I am far from perfect. What I am is willing to acknowledge that I don’t know everything and accept that I will have some truly epic and spectacular failures. I also know that if I play those cards right, I’ll learn and be able to teach someone else to possibly not make those same mistakes.

I’m editing to add: Be relentless. Never stop believing in YOUR ability to learn and grow.

As I said in the post, I’m not some sort of super-genius, I am relentless. I work and work until I get it. I think it’s my super power.  But I think what got me really thinking afterwards about the post was the number of people who liked and commented on it – about 30 – enough to make me stop and think some more: Why do people give up before they’ve even begun?

I have a couple of ideas.

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