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I watched it and thought to myself "that is some serious determination!" Now, put yourself in his shoes - do you think you will be strong enough to keep practicing a trick for years, never knowing when you are going to nail it?
I think it is a serious question we need to ask ourselves, no matter what field we are in. This guy took 2 years of broken bones, hospital trips, bruises, cuts, blood, sweat, tears and who knows what else, to finally land the trick he was doing! Just ONCE! Makes me wonder if he attempted it again after that.. And this brings me to attitudes. Christian Flores had the perseverance and dedication to land the trick, no matter how long it took him. But he had more than perseverance. He had a tenacious attitude.
Perseverance vs. Tenacity - what's the difference? When you compare both side-by-side, to me, it just feels like perseverance is lacklustre, and an item you buy off the shelf in DOTA. Of course this comparison is when you put both words together just for its value, but I do feel that Tenacity has more bite, more edge, and has this raw energy and hunger of wanting something. The attitude and ability to be tenacious is fundamental in one's craft - whether you're a musician, a baker, a scientist, a chef, an athlete and so on. Having this energy and hunger to want to improve on one's self is key to making strides and breakthroughs in any field. I truly believe that the earlier and longer you get your hands "dirty" and really just do all the hard stuff, the more you will reap the benefits in the future.
All my musical heroes have in one way or another, had to go through hard times to get to where they are now. They've been through hard times in school, in social difficulties, family difficulties, financial difficulties, national/political difficulties and the list never ends. Let's not even talk about musicians. Famous people like Oprah Winfrey, Ellen Degeneres, J. K. Rowling and Jim Carrey (do a Google search and many will be women. Are women then, really the "weaker" gender?) all have had troubling and seriously rough times. They certainly weren't born into stardom and if their tenacious attitude failed them, we definitely will not know who these people are today.
This is going to be a pretty bold statement, but I think the younger generation is seriously lacking in this attribute. Times are different no doubt, and the methods of both learning and teaching are different. But it is still undeniable that students are not as focused, and not even as interested as before. Many young students seek rewards without wanting to put in the effort, or they give up shortly after. Of course, sometimes people just need time to learn and mature - yours truly being the perfect case study. I only chose music as a career path in my early 20s because I thought it was easy (I was really ignorant back then) but I found that to be untrue. Even then, I really only started taking it seriously at about age 22. Imagine what more I could have accomplished if I was just a tad more matured earlier. But these are things that one cannot rush into and nature just has to take its course. I do hope the millennials (as they are now termed) reading this take time to reflect and that start working towards a future you want.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments below and as always, thanks for reading! Feel free to share this post and I hope everyone challenges him/herself to have that tenacity to keep improving.
Part II will come soon so in the meantime, stay safe and be well!