October 7

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Embrace the Struggle

When it comes to pursuing anything without a clear outcome, there will be struggles. It may be music, art, entrepreneurship, school, or any number of things.

What defines those who quit versus those who overcome the struggle?

Figuring out how to embrace the struggle and accept it as part of the process. Maybe even (gasp) have fun with it.

It's unusual for a journey to go upwards all the time. There will be ups and downs. That's just how it is.

The key is to anticipate the downs and figure out how you'll handle them. 

Not only handle them, but shorten them a little bit every time.

But if you quit during one of those downs, you'll never know what you could have learned had you kept going.

  • I try to think about my initial reason(s) for engaging in the endeavor in the first place. My “why” if u will. If I had a clear goal in the first place, reviewing that helps & maybe even making clearer mini achievable goals going forward helps. Like u pointed out in a long ago blog post, maybe breaking down my initial goals into clearer, more achievable bite size new goals will motivate me to not give up and in my experience helps me deal w any frustration I might be experiencing. And regularly assessing and adjusting my goals keeps me excited and moving forward!!

    As always, thank u, another interesting & thought provoking blog post!!

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    About Jonathan Roberts

    I am the founder and director of the South Shore Piano School, and I have been teaching the piano for nearly 20 years. My work centers around bringing music to the lives of kids, parents, and adults in an enriching, meaningful way. At the South Shore Piano School, my incredible colleagues and I accomplish this through skill-based teaching, community, and an innovative, people-first business model. You can read more about me here.


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  • I try to think about my initial reason(s) for engaging in the endeavor in the first place. My “why” if u will. If I had a clear goal in the first place, reviewing that helps & maybe even making clearer mini achievable goals going forward helps. Like u pointed out in a long ago blog post, maybe breaking down my initial goals into clearer, more achievable bite size new goals will motivate me to not give up and in my experience helps me deal w any frustration I might be experiencing. And regularly assessing and adjusting my goals keeps me excited and moving forward!!

    As always, thank u, another interesting & thought provoking blog post!!

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