Wednesday, 6 March 2013

The Artist Unleashed: DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THE UNDERDOG, by Laura Diamond

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  1. Great post, Laura. From remedial reading to a doctor. You can't get much more inspiring than that. In high school I thought about being a marine biologist but my guidance counsellor discouraged me, saying I wasn't very good with science. To be fair, I wasn't. So when I was thirty and considering going back to school for nursing, I didn't think I could do it. I mean, I sucked at sciences, right? So I took an anatomy course, just to see, and got an A. It gave me the courage to continue and I graduated last fall and am now a registered nurse with the air force. You can be whatever you want as long as you never give up. My story with writing is similar to yours as well. And now we're pubbed by the same press!

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    1. That's so cool, Sara! Thanks for sharing your story. Congrats!

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  2. Yay! I think we can do almost anything we set our minds too. Often we let the naysayers or ourselves have too much influence over our life!

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  3. WOW Laura!! Good on you for making your mind up, throwing your gauntlet down to the challenge and pursuing your goals, with vigor. It is often a bad idea to underestimate the underdog. There's often as much bite as there is bark :-)

    Glad you stuck with your dreams :-)

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  4. My high school guidance counselor told me not to bother with university. I'd never make it. I have a MSc to prove him wrong. :D

    I'm glad, Laura, you believed in yourself and didn't listen to the wrong advice. It makes me cringe thinking about how many people have listened to the bad advice of a teacher or guidance counselor.

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    1. I'm glad you didn't listen to your guidance counselor too! :)

      It's such a bad idea to listen to others who try to hold us back.

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  5. Nothing beats down a "You can't do" like accomplishing the impossible!
    Negative people with no vision will always be around. Ignore them and just keep moving forward.

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  6. Love this post, Laura! Persistence and endurance are learned behaviors; granted, I do believe that some of both come from deep within us, but we need to hone them. I believe that believing in ourselves is a must key to success, no matter what we want to accomplish.

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    1. Agreed! Persistence and endurance aren't mastered overnight--it's a process.

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  7. You're an inspiring lady, Laura! Thanks for this post!

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  8. I'm sure glad my mother told me I could do anything I wanted. And I'm glad I believed her more than anybody else. Because what she said is true for all of us.

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  9. So true about believing in yourself. My mother was supportive, my father loved to predict my demise in whatever I wanted to do. It made me stubborn, a survival instinct.

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  10. Ahh!!! Laura, I LOVE this post! Here's to you, and here's to determination and overcoming obstacles. ((hugs)) <3 <3

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