{enchanted} Persist. Believe. Do the work.

Hello Lovely Adventurer,

How has your week been?  I wonder, have you been busy… or slowly emerging from winter hibernation??

 I’ve had a satisfyingly productive week.  FINALLY, after Barry gave me a sewing machine almost four Christmases ago, I have it unpacked and set up, and have busy working on a few projects for Ava’s fourth birthday next month.  It has been a little daunting, but also so much FUN, and I already feel slightly addicted.

Also, we spent sunday afternoon searching for Local Adventure Goodies (I’ll share some more details with you in a post later this week).

Today, I thought I’d share with you an inspiring video I came across over on The Bedlam of Beefy… a very beautiful blog which is the home of the ever-so-charming Bradford.

Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo.

Hmmm…  Beyond those people who identify as ‘creatives’ this video really spoke to me, and I thought it would apply to just about anyone who has dreams and goals and a direction they want to see their life heading in.

I read recently that to become an expert of a particular skill or knowledge base, you need to put 10,000 hours of work in.  10,000 hours!  I often find myself disheartened when an idea I have for a project doesn’t materialise the way I had visualised before I began… and I love that this video is a reinforcement that if you persist and believe in your own abilities and just keep working at it, then eventually the dreams & goals and reality will align.

What do you think? Do you think persistence and hard work pay off in the end, or am I taking an idealistic view?

Wishing you a week full of lovely adventures.

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4 Responses to “{enchanted} Persist. Believe. Do the work.”

  1. September 20, 2011 at 6:32 pm, Ihilani said:

    Wow 10,000 hours does seem like a daunting task, especially when you’re a busy mom trying to fit personal development time in here and there throughout the day, but I truly believe that you can learn and do anything if you out the work in. I think if you stop thinking about how much time you spend on something and just focus on learning step by step, you’ll look back and realize that you know more than you think you did. Eery time you learn something new it’s a big achievement and you should celebrate your newly acquired skills and then build upon it. I look at other bloggers who’ve been doing this a lot longer than me and I want to be where they are but i know that it will come in time. Shoot for the stars!


    • September 22, 2011 at 3:43 pm, Hana said:

      Ah yes, 10,000 hours is pretty mind-blowing… I absolutely agree though, that it’s all about putting the work in, and I think it’s amazing how quickly doing a little bit often can accumulate! I like that you put an emphasis on celebrating all the little milestones and know too that I must just keep working and be patient (not my strong suit!!) Thanks so much for your thoughtful words Ihilani. H xo


  2. December 14, 2011 at 3:01 pm, Elizabeth Rago said:

    I just stumbled upon this post and I really liked that video. 10,000 hours does seem a little overwhelming BUT if you just start small and be persistent, you will hit that 10,000 hour mark in no time. Your interest becomes your passion and you hone your skills, getting better and better everyday!


    • December 16, 2011 at 10:40 pm, Hana said:

      Completely agree! Persistence is an amazing thing.

      H xo


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