It was in 1979 when I first heard the 3rd Movement of Bach’s Italian Concerto (see below video) and it was love at first hearing.
The striking melody and left/right hand counterpoint made a powerful impression. And I wanted to learn it.
Thus began a daily routine of practice, practice, practice … and more practice. This piano piece was learned one measure at a time – in small steps.
The notes filled measures and the measures fit together into a song. It was a slow process that required patience and tenacity. I didn’t give up.
It happened one note at a time.
Coincidentally, many of life’s worthwhile goals occur similarly… one step at a time.
The lesson of patience and tenacity served me well thereafter.
When big projects seemed insurmountable, I remembered to be patient and not give up. The little voice in my head reminded me to take it one step at a time.
Years later, when my first book’s manuscript was rejected by 54 publishers, I kept going.
The memory of sitting at my piano for hours at a time, practicing measure after measure, reminded me that success was at hand. “Don’t give up,” said that voice in my head.
…many of life’s worthwhile goals occur similarly… one step at a time.
Rejection can hold a person back temporarily. The key is to be tenacious and not let rejection gain a foothold on my attitude. So I kept seeking a publisher.
And the 55th publisher said YES.