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The Road of Persistence: A Project Good Word Musical Challenge

Updated on December 4, 2014

The Birth of This Series

A writer on HubPages, Jo Goldsmith11, took it upon herself to initiate the Light2Love Project Good Words.

As Jo explained: "When I was growing up for the most part my mother told us 'if you can't say something nice, then don't say anything at all...! It's not polite and it shows you are uneducated if you can't say something without hurting someone deliberately.

“These things are not productive and don't make any sense. I make a commitment to myself that in 2014 and beyond, I will use good words and not be part of the hate and the behavior of uneducated people."

So for the year 2014, Jo pledged to use good words and publish articles used to empower, encourage, support and defend those who need to be shown love.

Jo has been offering us a good word for each week to focus our thoughts, behaviors and actions on...In the 18th week, Jo wrote her perspective on the word persistent... in Project Good Words Week 18.

My friend Maria wrote a beautiful response in her Project Good Words Musical Challenge, and then she lovingly passed the baton to me.

And so, I give you, the Road of Persistence.

The Journey Begins

Achievement is not always success, while reputed failure often is. It is honest endeavor, persistent effort to do the best possible under any and all circumstances.
Orison Swett Marden

I started out on the Road of Persistence when I was a stumbling, bumbling lad of ten. It was 1958, Elvis was King and baseball was America’s favorite pastime. Most nights I could be found on our front lawn playing catch with my dad. He loved the game of baseball and he passed that love down to his only son.

Like many boys, I dreamed of being a professional baseball player. I envisioned my future like this: make the local little league team, then make the high school team, then college, and then sign a contract and play pro ball for the next fifteen years. No problem! I was convinced it was a plan I could implement. It was just a matter of time.

The summer of my tenth year I began my journey toward stardom. I tried out for the little league team, the first step in my plan, and I was promptly dismissed as not good enough. I remember coming home the day I was told I had not made the team. I was heartbroken. My dreams for the future had died. What would I ever tell my dad? He would be ashamed of me, and I was honestly worried that he would always look at me with pity from that day forward.

He came home from work that day, and asked me about the tryouts. I told him I didn’t make the team, I had failed, I wasn’t good enough….and he told me to go get my glove and ball. He led me out to the yard and we began tossing the ball back and forth. After about five minutes he stopped, walked over to me, and smiled.

“Bill,” he said. “Nothing in life is free. If you want something then you have to pay for it, and in this case, you have to pay for it with hard work. Yes, you just got knocked down, but that just means you have to get up and work harder. When things are tough, remember to always get back up and move forward. Always forward, Bill, and I don’t ever want to hear about you giving up.”

The lesson for a lifetime had been given to me, and I embraced it with fervor. Each night I went outside and threw a ball against a cement wall, practicing my control and working on my mechanics. One hundred throws per night, five nights per week, through that summer, through the fall, through the winter, and into the next spring.

The following season I made the team, then went on to make the high school team, and then the college team.

Always forward! Never give up!

Be persistent!

Tough Times Followed

Each life is made up of mistakes and learning, waiting and growing, practicing patience and being persistent.
Billy Graham

The Road of Persistence has always seemed to have more than its share of potholes. Mine certainly did. The death of my father, my anchor in life, left me reeling. The death of a fiancé. My battles with alcoholism. Dreams came and dreams died as life continued to toss challenges and disappointments my way, but the words of my father would not go away. Never give up! Always move forward! If you want something then you have to pay for it, and that payment is often in blood, sweat, and tears.

There were many times I just wanted to quit. There were many times I just wanted to follow the path of least resistance and not struggle so damned hard, but my dad’s voice always spoke to me and would not allow me to toss in my chips and walk away from the game of life.

And Now I’m a Writer

And what in the holy hell was I thinking when I chose this career path? The number of writers who actually make it financially is incredibly small. Long hours, endless days, mixing and matching words, always looking for the perfect sentence, with no guarantees at all that success will be achieved. I’ve been at it three years now, and if fame and fortune are in my writing future, they have certainly remained well-hidden to date.

Still, I move forward. I sit down each day and for ten hours I practice my craft. I remember that ten year old tossing the ball at the cement wall, working on his control and mechanics, and I smile at the memory, and I know, with every fiber of my being, that nothing comes free and that I must move forward.

Persistence!

When the road gets too rough then spread your wings and fly
When the road gets too rough then spread your wings and fly | Source

So Today I Say to All of You

In the words of Jason Mraz, as sung by Christina Grimmie, "I won't give up."

Bring on the damned potholes. I’m ready for them. I’m on the Road of Persistence and I will not be detoured. Yes, writing is a challenge, but it is my challenge and I’ll meet it head on. Yes, life can be a royal pain in the butt, but it’s my life and I embrace it, the good and the bad.

Bring on the damned potholes!

And that is my message to you all today: move forward…do not give up….be persistent in your efforts.

Don’t tell me you can’t do it because I know you can.

Don’t tell me that life is too hard because you are stronger than that.

Don’t tell me the struggle isn’t worth it because I know it is.

Move forward….always forward….

And God bless you all!

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      Wonderful message and Bill I am truly one that will never give up either. Trust me I have had my moments, but still just can't walk away or quit - not in my nature to be honest. So, love your words here today and thank you. Have a wonderful Thursday now!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine. Anyone familiar with your work knows you don't give up. Just another reason why I like you so much. Happy Thursday to you, my hard-working friend.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Persistence brings us to each new day, each new challenge, discovery, and realization. It is forward motion personified.

      I love your message, Bill. You had a wonderful role model who instilled in you the gumption to go for what you want.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I did indeed, Sha, and he is with me every single day. What a great legacy for a father to give to his son. :) Thanks dear friend.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A wonderful message and you just know how to get to the point.

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      Randi Benlulu 2 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Great message, great story! And I just assumed you were a natural baseball player. An important lesson here. Just because someone is talented doesn't mean it came easily. I love your musical choices, too! You've picked a couple if my favorites! Thank you, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you very much, DDE!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well thank you, Randi. I am a natural athlete. Sports come easy for me...but being really good? That requires hard work, my friend. Glad you liked the music. I'm a big Jason Mraz fan.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Bill you did a great job with this Good Words Musical Challenge. Persistence and not giving up is a great message..and embracing your dad's words sure would have helped you through life to where you are now. Wonderful music choices too.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, John. I have a great mentor for sure, and his words live with me daily. Much-appreciated, my friend.

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      Reynold Jay 2 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      You are a damned good writer!

      We all know it--

      It can be easily seen in everything you write and this simple story is no exception.

      I've come to the conclusion that it is the concept and characters that move a writer into the big leagues. You may be a top notch writer and never do that well because the "CONCEPT" was something that did not catch the whims of readers. The 50 shades of grey is an example. Concept rules here and the writing in this example is less than amateurish. Find a concept and stardom will follow you. You already know how to write!

      I gotta go back and see if anyone left a marketing plan for my 8 part children's series in last week's HUB. I checked last week and didn't see anything.

      Not to worry, I'll figure it out and when I hit the big leagues, I'll bring you along for the ride.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Reynold Jay, I'll gladly follow in your coattails. Thank you for the kind words, and I believe what you said was true. There are a lot of great writers out there, but if they are missing that extra something i.e. concept...they will forever flounder in obscurity. Thanks for your thoughts my friend, and best wishes on that marketing plan.

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      Sparklea 2 years ago from Upstate New York

      Billybuc; voted up, useful and awesome. I would give anything to be able to write 10 hours a day...You need to write the word persistence on a million sheets of paper, put them through a shredder and sprinkle them all over the world. I know from experience what persistence can accomplish, for myself, in little ways. Those writing contests offered at my place of employment when I was working...I PERSISTED, as busy as I was with life and each year I entered all three categories: Essay, Short Story and Poetry. As much as I was not crazy for poetry, I won first place 9 times; 1st place essay 5 times; and 1st place short story 2 times.

      I was always down to the wire, but persistence got my entries in on time.

      What a wonderful father you had, and my condolences always on your loss... no matter how many years have passed, we still miss our parents dearly. You have risen like a phoenix above very hard times in your life...losing your fiancé had to have been hell, not to mention your alcohol problems...God had used all of these to inspire others who have walked in your shoes, as well as those who face different challenges.

      Keep writing, and I can't wait to see your name at the top of the NY Times Best Seller list! And please keep us posted on feedback from your agent on Resurrecting Tobias. God bless always. Sparklea :)

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I just cannot look at the long run anymore. I have to be persistent just one day at a time. Thank you for the strong nudge.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lea, the fact that you won so many contests speaks volumes about your writing talent. Keep those victories close for when the doubts creep in. Or just write to me and I'll tell you how wonderful you are. :)

      Bestseller? Lea, I would be ecstatic if I just found an agent who thought I had talent. :)

      So, I do the only thing I know to do...keep writing.

      blessings my friend, and thanks

      bill

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      Positive, inspirational and encouraging article.

      Occasionally, I feel like I am on a one person journey.

      The destination is yet to be disclosed. There is an urgency that

      drives me on, day after to day. If it was not for your optimism

      and your support, I fear I would have walk away from this endeavor

      long ago. You are an amazing talent and a good friend.

      Thank you,

      DJ.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DJ, I absolutely refuse to allow you to walk away. Your book must be written, and it will be, and then we will both rejoice and celebrate.

      Thank you dear friend.

      bill

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      ArtDiva 2 years ago

      Rah! Rah! Rah! That inner coach pumping us up. Staying the coarse. Writers, artists, poets, theater people all with persistence keeping at it, never giving up. Good message, good advice!

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      Beth Perry 2 years ago from Tennesee

      Bill, this is awesome and you are so very right about persistence. It is a gift to ourselves and one that nobody can steal away.

      Voted up.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you ArtDiva. I know I need cheerleaders, and I'm assuming everyone else does who tackles the Arts. Keep moving forward my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very true, Beth, and isn't that a wonderful thought? Thank you!

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      Linda Lum 2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Bill, I am halfway through the book "Hope Unseen", by Capt. Scotty Smiley, a young man lost both of his eyes in the Iraq War. Despite his significant injuries, he has climbed Mount Rainier, completed his Masters, and believe it or not, is the only completely blind active duty officer in the U.S. Army. He is an instructor at West Point. Talk about persistence!

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Bill, you are such an inspiration. You never gave up no matter the obstacle, you stayed the course. We've all had some potholes to drive through or sink into, sometimes I got really stuck but managed to gun it and move. I guess I get that from my mother. Her life was always in a turmoil, but she never gave up. I am sure that you will be an accomplished writer, especially if you write from your heart...

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carb, what a celebration of persistence. Thank you for mentioning that soldier. I'll look him up. I appreciate it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Ruby, and I received your message in the last sentence...from the heart. I'll try my friend, and I hope you are right.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      A wise person once said: "persistence and determination are omnipotent." You have just confirmed how that can and should work. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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      Old Poolman 2 years ago

      And I for one am very happy you never gave up or perhaps we would not have crossed paths.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Bill. The day I give up is the day I draw my last breath and not a second before.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, the feeling is mutual my friend. One of these days we'll grill some meat and chat.

      Thank you, always.

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      There were many times in my life when I could have given up. I was eighteen years old when my beloved father died and pregnant and 23 when I lost my beautiful Mom. There was more loss after that, but the words that kept me going where those of my Dad who told me to keep on reaching for the stars. He grew up poor and ended up a successful attorney with a wonderful reputation. Billy, I want you to know that I think you are very special. You went through a lot, but you came out of it in a magnificent way. That is the meaning of success for me. Up and awesome!

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      Old Poolman 2 years ago

      Bill, there in not much I would rather do than share a good steak with you and yours out by the pool. Anytime you are headed this direction would be fine with me.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      breakfastpop, the feeling is indeed mutual. Thank you, my fellow fighter. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, as soon as I top the bestseller list, we'll be packing up for a book signing tour, so you can look for us then.

      How's that for positive thinking? LOL

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      Old Poolman 2 years ago

      I like that thinking Bill, and it could happen my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      We shall see, buddy. Crossing my fingers, Mike. :)

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      ArtDiva 2 years ago

      Back again with one more thought. Sometimes no matter how much cheering on, how much we persist in beating the odds, we just need a rest. Persistence takes a lot of energy. You have been going at this steady for a awhile now from all the articles posted I've seen, written to help others, but what about yourself? What if you slowed down enough to write The Great American Novel? Sometimes we push ourselves too hard, expect too much of ourselves. Since retired, time is what I have in abundance, a gift, and yours also. Have a good evening!

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Our dear Maria (marcoujor on HubPages) sure knew to whom to pass the baton of the "Good Word" Persistence through her own Project Good Words Musical Challenge... no doubt about it! You are certainly one persistent writer here on HubPages.

      Your dad was an amazing encourager and I am so glad his words still resonate in your heart and mind.

      This life can sure throw us some pretty hard blows, but if we are still here, we must persevere and move forward. To me, if we are still here, then there is a good reason for us to move forward, as we may never know how many lives we may impact via our own life.

      God bless you too!

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      Maria Jordan 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Bill,

      I knew you were the perfect person to pass the baton to. Thanks for an awesome job. Voted UP and UABI. Love, Maria

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      ArtDiva, thank you for that. Slowed down, 'eh? What an interesting concept. Well, I am working on my third novel. Whether it will be the next Great American Novel remains to be seen, but I do understand what you are saying, and I thank you. Enjoy your evening in Yountville.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Maria. I appreciate you thinking of me.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, life is what it is, the good and the bad, it just comes at us and we have to learn to deal with it. I don't know any other way than just keep moving forward no matter what hits me head on. So far I'm still standing. :)

      bless you dear friend

      bill

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      A great message, Bill. Your dad took a sad moment and turned it into a learning opportunity.

      I recall struggling with painful blindness in one eye due to optic neuritis (MS), not being able at some points to properly get a spoon to my mouth because of my numb and weak hands, and awful migraines. I had no idea it would be temporary. It was nearly unbearable. My daughter, three years old at the time, encouraged me in the way I had often encouraged her. She'd look at me, smiling and say, "Don't never give up" and "It's not nice to give up." I hope if anything that is my legacy. Fall down seven times, stand up eight as the old saying goes.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wow, Flourish, that is a great story. From the mouths of babes. You taught your daughter well, my friend. Thank you for sharing that.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      Bill, I thought you had been writing for years. You give me courage to be persistence and continue to dream of one being a great writer.

      Blessings dear friend.

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      I loved your words on persistence. You found me on the verge of wanting to give up, but you have inspired me to be persistent instead. The wonderful thing about writing is that you never know when your words will fall on the ears that need to hear them. Your baseball story is inspiring. the message: If you want to be successful at something, want it enough to keep working and learning. Voted up and H+

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Shyron! No, I got serious about it three years ago. Oh, I had dabbled a bit before that, but nothing that would qualify me as a writer.

      blessings always my friend

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh, Catherine, I'm so glad you didn't give up. Hang in there my friend. Enjoy what you are doing and don't spend too much time worrying about results.

      Thank you!

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      Gail Sobotkin 2 years ago from South Carolina

      Maria has the knack for choosing just the right author for the Good Words word of the week, and you have done the word, "persistence" with heart and flair.

      As always, you insire the rest of us to keep moving forward toward our dreams and goals.

      Sending Love & Hugs to You & Bev,

      Gail

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gail my dear friend, thank you! i was honored to respond to Maria's request. How could I say no?

      I hope you are well. Have an enjoyable weekend and holiday season.

      Hugs

      bill

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      Cristen Iris 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      This has it all, Bill. A young lad and his dad...struggles, setback, triumphs and then at last.....more struggles, setbacks and triumphs. On the Road of Persistence there is no destination, only scenery, slow vehicle pullouts and open road. We wouldn't have it any other way!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Iris, even your comments are written with talent and flair. How great is that? :) Thank you and you are right...I wouldn't have it any other way.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for a useful and very inspirational hub, Bill. I love the first quote in the hub as well as the description of your father's encouragement.

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Another great message Bill. Nothing in life comes without persistence and hard work. You were taught well at a young age by your parents. I've always thought that if life were easy it would be boring so I agree with you, bring on the potholes and challenges, it can only make us stronger. Have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia. I grew up a very lucky child for sure.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Superb message and what a wise father you had! How much better is an achievement if one has had to work hard for it?! If it's easy then it hasn't been a real achievement.

      You have a gift, bill; the gift of being able to portray scenes, portray characters, portray messages, to those who read your work.

      You are definitely a writer and I believe you are on your way to being a great writer. Why? Because you have persevered, you work hard, you reach for the stars and you put forward a persona with whom everyone can identify. You have followed your father's advice and anyone who doesn't listen to that message you are passing on is a fool.

      Wonderful, bill.

      Ann

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill, your dad was a pretty special man. The path of least resistance can be very appealing, but where is the challenge in that. To develop and grow we need to be challenged, to meet the challenge, we need a certain stubbornness and much persistence. This is why I know the next book won't be sitting in your PC for long. ;) Another exceptional write.

      Enjoy your weekend.

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      Pamela Oglesby 2 years ago from United States

      Persistence certainly is a major key to success, as in your case the words don't just appear without you having a consistent schedule for work, It is easy to just quite when the going gets tough, but it doesn't feel good to be a quitter. One foot in front of the other and you will get to the end of that road, or so I was told. It is easy to see the how hard you work to write quality articles, and we have all learned much from you. Great hub!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, what a lovely message to wake up to. Thank you so much. A great writer? I don't know if I'll ever make that level, but I know I won't be satisfied until I reach it. :)

      I hope you are having a marvelous weekend my friend. It's a bit damp here, but at least the cold is gone.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Jo! I am honored by your words. Stubbornness....that is a synonym for billybuc. LOL My mother, if she were alive, would agree with you completely.

      A good, relaxing weekend so far, and I hope yours is as well.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pamela, thank you. I do work hard. I don't know any other way. I'm trying to spread my wings and fly, and to encourage others to do the same. It is very satisfying to know others are listening to and reading what I have to say.

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      My weekend started with an emergency dash to Bristol to help my pregnant daughter who had an unexpected trip to hospital. Fortunately all was well so I returned yesterday after looking after the girls and today I've been able to relax. Always something to keep a grandma on her toes, eh?!

      The cold is still here and today it brought its old friend the rain with it. Never mind; cosy and warm indoors. More writing time.

      Glad you're having a good one.

      Ann

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      Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

      This is a great message you're spreading, Bill! I hope you're having a great weekend!

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Yep, this here road, she do be filled with her share of potholes....but we fill 'em or over 'em or skip around 'em...either way we just keep on keeping on....

      Giving up is never the answer.

      As always I was with you from beginning to end...your are a talent and a gift, bill. How blessed we are that you write.

      Angels are on the way to you ....again... ps

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I'm glad to hear all is well with your daughter. Those emergency calls can be frightening.

      Have a superb week, my friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, vkwok! It was a great and productive weekend. I hope yours was the same.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Giving up, PS??? What in the world is that? Whatever it is, I don't want to become familiar with it.

      Sending those angels back to you. Those little wings have to be getting tired by now. :)

      bill

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Oh Hell, yeah...I will keep moving forward. Won't go backward because there is nothing there for me anymore. Can't stay here because I will my spirit will atrophy. So I keep moving forward to enjoy life, broaden my horizons, have fun while I'm at it...and maybe write a story about it.

      You're such an inspiration to us all. Promise me you'll never change.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma, I love your attitude. I can make that promise to you....I'm pretty comfortable being me these days. :) Thank you for your friendship.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Great message, never give up. Your dad was very understanding and encouraged you instead of putting you down, he did a great job. Whatever the ups and downs or potholes along the way, never giving up is the best way to go. Great hub, positive and inspiring.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Vellur. I love the message, and positive thinking is the only way to live this life. We have been given such a gift...why waste it with negativity and a defeated attitude?

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      Sudiksha 2 years ago from Nepal

      so true! optimistic feeling always leads to success and when there is a person to support you by your side then nothing can stop you if you don't give up. its awesome!!!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Itsmesudiksha...I believe that to be true, and I have such a person by my side.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Excellent Hub. Great motivation and support for anyone looking to find his/her own star.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you manatita. I'm all about motivation and support. Hopefully more people will climb aboard the bandwagon.

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      Paradise7 2 years ago from Upstate New York

      It is so true that nothing in life is free. Your dad was right--if you really want something or want to do something, it takes hard work and persistence. Most of the finest gifts in our lives are not just handed to us on a silver platter, and that's a good thing. The sense of personal accomplishment is enhanced the more a person puts into achieving a goal.

      I'm so glad you didn't give up. I like your writing so much. I do hope the good fairy of fortune visits you soon, and rewards your terrific efforts materially.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Paradise, thank you so much. I had a great mentor in my father. He was not the most gentle of teachers sometimes, but his lessons have served me well over the years.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      There are no truer words of advice. The successful always use them, and were humbled by them then, and still are, as one's wrk is never done. We must keep practicing in order to stay in whatever game we choose.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, you are the living embodiment of this rule, and it is a pleasure to see you rewarded for your hard work. Carry on my friend, and thank you.

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      lovedoctor926 2 years ago

      Your dad taught you to not give up and keeping working hard. Persistence is the key to success. Thank you for the motivation to keep moving forward.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I was pretty lucky, Doc, to be raised by my father. His lessons have stayed with me a lifetime. Thank you!

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