No 28 Nothing will take the place of persistence 7-14-17

No 28 Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, July 14, 2017

“Nothing will take the place of persistence”

“I want to remind you that success in life is based on hard slogging. There will be periods when discouragement is great and upsetting, and the antidote for this is calmness and fortitude and a modest yet firm belief in your competence. Be sure that your priorities are in order so that you can proceed in a logical manner, and be ever mindful that nothing will take the place of persistence.”

– Walter Annenberg, Publisher and philanthropist (1908 – 2002 )

 

 

Persistence, by Calvin Coolidge

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.

Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.

Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.

Education will not; the world is filled with educated derelicts.

Persistence and determination are alone omnipotent.

“Press On!” has been and always will be the answer to every human problem.

I love this saying: “hard sloggin”. I think I know what that is. The good part of slogging is that the good days are so sweet and the good times are greatly appreciated. Going through the slog makes the good days all the more magical.

“When you cannot make up your mind which of two evenly balanced courses of action you should take – choose the bolder.”

 – W.J. Slim (1891 – 1970 ) British military commander

 

“What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882) American Poet and Essayist

Everyone is watching our every move. Do you believe this? I can say a lot of things about life, but I know that others are always watching my actions and seeing if I am walking the walk. Do you know what I found out? I discovered that somehow others know what we do in private. I don’t mean they have a video of us, but they know our hearts and our intentions and they know how are feeling and how we live. Our actions show others how we think in our personal lives and what we do when no one is watching.  I have recently been convicted of some of my private thoughts and actions and have changed my personal talk to positive words and my actions to positive actions. I am trying to “choose the bolder” in all my decisions.

“No obstacles fell in his way that seemed to him insurmountable. He might be defeated, as he sometimes was, but he shrank from no hardship through impatience, he fled from no danger through cowardice.”

– J. P. Morgan writing about Napoleon Bonaparte

 

“What is now proved was once only imagined.”

– William Blake (1757-1827) English Poet

Overcoming obstacles is how the once impossible has become the reality of today. Remember that Walt Disney stood in an orange orchard and visualized the Magic Kingdom. The theme park was in his dreams and he made an impossible idea a reality that has been enjoyed by millions from around the world.

I recently heard a very successful man say, “I’m not taking anything with me”. He was talking about how he was living his dreams and how he was teaching persistence and perseverance to others as his life work. He is such a great man and when you are around him, you just feel the great energy coming from every part of his being.

If I could write just one message every week, it would be to not be afraid of your dreams. Live them. You know how the motivational speakers say you can have anything you want in your life?  Well, they sometimes forget to tell you all the work that goes into making these dreams come true. They sometimes forget to include the fact that you can have anything you want in your life if you are willing to help others get whatever they want in their lives.

Yes, we can have it all, but the price is great. The road is full of challenges and only the ones who persevere will reach the end of their goal path.

Let go of fear. Have a little courage and you will live your dream.

Thank you for reading!

David Earl Woodbury

Keep on Dancing!

davidearlwoodbury@gmail.com

 

 

The Sun Rises Again! 11-11-16

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No 46 Changing Lives through Dancing

By David Earl Woodbury

Friday, November 11, 2016

The Sun Rises Again!

“There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope.” – Bernard Williams (1929 – 2003) English moral philosopher

In dancing, we sometimes win and sometimes we lose, but always we gain from the dancing itself and the effort to become better. To be a Quarter Finalist, Semi Finalist, or Finalist all indicate hard work and great effort. To be in the top three is an honor and is a combination of many skills and many hours of effort and training.

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure.” – Colin Powell (1937) American Military Leader and Diplomat

After a major dance competition, all the dancers are treated with such honor and dignity. They are all praised, not just for their placement, but for the dancing itself. The top dancers always honor and respect the new couples who compete, for they remember that not too long ago, they were in the same shoes and trying to become champions in their own right. There is not always a first place, but there is always learning to get to the top.

“Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th.”– Julie Andrews (1935) English film and stage actress

What an honor to meet a champion. To chat with them. To see a star at the top of their game, or a star from many years in the past. They all have magic. They all have a story, they all had vision and determination.

The following is one of my favorite quotes:

 

Persistence, by Calvin Coolidge

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.

Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.

Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.

Education will not; the world is filled with educated derelicts.

Persistence and determination are alone omnipotent.

“Press On!” has been and always will be the answer to every human problem.

Pressing on is always the answer. Yes, the sun will rise tomorrow no matter what happened today. But to make a difference, we must not rely on our talent, genius, and education. We must rely on the stick to it attitude that makes us try, and try and try again to become the champions we know we can be.

Let the sun rise again on your life and let determination lead you to your goals.

Thanks for reading!

David Earl Woodbury

Keep on Dancing!

Perseverance, Experience, Caution and Hope 11-20-15

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No 46. Changing Lives through Dancing
By David Earl Woodbury
Friday, November 20, 2015

Perseverance, Experience, Caution and Hope
“If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother and hope your guardian genius.”- Joseph Addison(1672-1719) English Writer and Statesman
PERSEVERANCE

Persistence, by Calvin Coolidge
“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.
Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not; the world is filled with educated derelicts.
Persistence and determination are alone omnipotent.
“Press On!” has been and always will be the answer to every human problem.

Stay with it. Don’t give up. Life will never be easy. If your life is easy, it’s some else’s toil that is making your days tranquil and languid. Buckle up and get to work!

EXPERIENCE

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. -Steve Jobs

After 40 years of dancing and teaching, I love sharing the love and knowledge of dancing. Do I know it all? A big no to that. In fact, I am still humbled by my dancing mentors and teachers. Yet, I have my own gift. You can dance for me and I can fix you in just a few minutes and give you an easy way to remember the dancing key I gave you. Not only am I gifted at this, I love every minute of it. Teaching with laugher and joy is the best ways to have others learn from you.

Wondering what it would be like to be a “senior” instructor, I have learned that I love it as much as my students. Having an older body, I love and respect what dancing does for my health and my muscles. Dancing keeps me young and laughing every day. Also, I am surrounded by young people every day which keeps me from getting old and crotchet!

CAUTION

In 2010 I slipped and shattered my left shoulder. It was just a terrible and catastrophic fall. I broke off and cracked my shoulder into a million pieces. I now have a new shoulder from UCLA and it works like a charm. Do I feel it? Yes, every day. It never goes away. And now I am cautious about what I do, how I walk, and where I go. This caution has been a good thing for me. First, I’m not such a jerk anymore. With an injury comes humility. Now I truly listen to my students who hurt and have physical problems. Caution is a good thing. Don’t have an accident to learn it.

HOPE

Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality. – Jonas Salk

Have you ever lost hope? Have you ever lost your mojo and lost your groove? Has there ever been a time in your life where you could not see clearly? Lost in the dark night of the soul? I’ve experienced all of that. I’ve had it all, lost it all, gotten it all back, and now am focused on a life of service to others. Do I have hope now, yes, abundantly yes!

I love this King James Version of this scripture:
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” King James Version

Faith is the realization of what we have hoped for, the realization of what was not seen and now is. I’ve had a lot of faith that things would get better, the vision to see the end result, and the good sense to see and live in the moment of hope realized. Don’t fuss at someone when they say “I hope so”. Encourage them. You may need a little bit of their hope in the future yourself.

A very good friend of my, Jim Byrd, said to me years ago, “It will get better”. He knew that these words would get me through losing him and would give me the courage and hope to go on with my life. So today, I say to others all the time, “It will get better”. And it does get better.

Perseverance, experience, caution and hope. Learn them, experience them, and love them.

David Woodbury
Keep on Dancing!