My Six Word Memoir

Wow, I’ve been tagged. Nobody ever tagged me before. I’m pretty excited, and a little nervous. Nicol over at her Great Prices blog, tagged me with a game to come up with my own six word memoir. The rules of the game are:

  • Write your own six word memoir.
  • Post it on your blog and include a visual illustration if you want.
  • Link to the person who tagged you in your post.
  • Tag at least five more blogs.
  • Leave a comment on the tagged blogs with an invitation to play.

My memoir is:

Life’s a Gamble, Persistence Is Omnipotent

My memoir is not totally original, but inspired by a quote I read a few years ago by Calvin Coolidge:

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination are omnipotent. The slogan press on has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”

I’ve never been one to be satiated with the status quo. In my younger years, I ran the regular go to college, get a 9-5, get married and have a family script. But then after a few years I started taking some adventurous gambles with my career and personal life. Sometimes they worked out beautifully, and sometimes not so much. Like for example buying a 30 foot sailboat without ever taking a sailing lesson or having even been on one before. 6 years later, some of our best family memories have to do with the adventures that inevitably come from sailing the Great Lakes. Career wise, things have been a real roller coaster. The highs include taking a very lucrative consulting job with tons of travel and a young family, while the lows have included struggling to get a personal web based business off the ground. While there may be some things I would have done different, I wouldn’t ever change my decisions to “take the leap” for any of them. Read more