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Determination - The Famous Musician - Story
« on: February 05, 2013, 08:45:43 AM »
VALUES:  Determination

STORY:    This story is often told about the world-famous pianist, Jan Paderewski. He was once asked by a fellow musician if he could be ready, at very short notice, to take over and play a difficult piece of music at a concert because the pianist who was supposed to play had suddenly fallen ill.

“I am always ready. I have practised eight hours every day for forty years to be ready,” replied Paderewski. The other pianist said: “I wish I had been born with such determination.” Paderewski replied: “We are all born with it. I just use mine.”


Sometimes we blame our lack of success on all sorts of other factors - we had too many extra murals to do our homework, we didn’t have a good place to study at home, and so on.  Each of us has determination, but we need to use it to work hard at whatever we do and to give of our best each day.

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