The young girl showed up on the dilapidated stage of a half-filled theatre hall, her thin voice competing with the noise of an unruly audience. Midway through the first verse of her song, a bottle smashed on the floor just a yard in front of her. The child’s voice quaked momentarily but she continued to sing. ‘The show must go on’ mentality had been ingrained in her. As she neared the end of the musical number, she struggled to find the breath to finish her performance. The smoke-filled air made it hard to sing and the girl missed a couple of notes as the song ended courtesy and then made her exit with a mixture of applause and boos.
Today when we think of the academy award winner Julie Andrews, we can easily picture her twirling arm outstretched against the beautiful backdrop of the Austrian Alps, melodiously singing the opening stanza of the Sound of Music. She sings effortlessly that we can assume that she was born a star. It is very easy to overlook her humble beginnings as we noted in our opening paragraph, the years she spent as a child touring with troupes, performing in seedy auditoriums in front of working class crowds in the United Kingdom.
In the same breath, we are tempted to imagine successful individuals as been specially endowed with superhuman talents that are not within reach. The secrets of successful individuals hinges largely on a life built on truth, ethics and discipline in life pursuits.
We can make each day in 2014 counts when we make a decision to start with what we have, from where we are. Appraise whatever you do and decide to do something different this year.