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Monday Mayhem – Persistence

Posted on Feb 20, 2017 by Maggie Wells   4 Comments | Posted in Blog

Been there, done that, and my T-shirt is on the way.

Here’s the one I ordered:

I think the blue will really make my eyes pop. 😉

Persistence. If there’s one thing women know, it’s persistence. I have five older brothers. They didn’t always want to let me play with them, so they used their superior size and strength to try to muscle me out.

Nevertheless, I persisted.

With five boys and little hope of ever growing grass, my father covered our backyard in asphalt, installed a regulation basketball hoop, and marked the free-throw and three-point lines with spray paint. The ‘no blood, no foul’ rule was instituted. I was never big enough to mix it up in the games, but they would let me play H-O-R-S-E with them. Of course, they could stand behind either of those spray-painted lines and knock me out of the game in five quick rounds.

Nevertheless, I persisted.

Being a small girl, I had little hope of developing the arm strength for shots from field goal range. I needed to develop another weapon.

And so, I became the queen of the backwards bucket-shot.

With a little practice I could (and still can) sink a basket from anywhere within the arc by turning my back on the basket, spot-checking my alignment with the goal, then hurling the ball up over my head from between my knees.

I did what I had to do. I persisted until I found a way I had a chance to win.

I’m planning a program on goal setting and business plans for my local RWA chapter next month. In doing so, I’ve had to take a long look at my own goals and plans and how they have morphed in the past six years.

The publishing industry seems to shift and change like clouds on a windy day. I have a plan in place for 2017. Who knows if it will be relevant in 2018? *shrugs*

But I have to start somewhere.

Either way, I will persist.

Oh, and here’s a snapshot of me honing my skills on my First Communion day. What can I say? I was dedicated.

 

 

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4 Responses to "Monday Mayhem – Persistence"

  1. Comment by Julie Evelyn Joyce
    February 20, 2017 at 8:44 am  

    I can vouch for Maggie if there’s anybody out there who doubts this woman’s prowess in the backwards bucket-shot. I have long-admired your persistence in every avenue of life, but particularly the authorly stuff. You inspire me, Maggie Wells. Keep kicking ass, my friend. 🙂

  2. Comment by Nancy
    February 20, 2017 at 10:35 am  

    This is fabulous! Keep persisting.

    Where did you get the tee shirt?

    • Comment by Maggie Wells
      February 20, 2017 at 10:40 am  

      This one was one of those limited time Teespring offerings, but I see them in my feed a lot. I’ll link you the next time one pops up, Nancy.

  3. Comment by Carol
    February 20, 2017 at 10:48 am  

    Great post! Plus, persistence is sexy, right? As long as it doesn’t tip over into stalker territory…

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