Dedication and Drive


This morning I was awoken by my son at 4:48. Today was supposed to be his first morning swim practice. The lightning and thunder prevented this; however, I was proud of him. He woke up by himself and proceeded to wake me. As of last night his bag was repacked and if it wasn’t for the weather he was ready to go. He already swims for 2 hours 6 days a week and now he wants to add the 2 extra hours to help him hone his skills.

As I said in my first video, he decided in December 2010 that he wants to feel the weight of HIS Olympic Gold Medal on his chest. And as a single mom all I could think of is how am I going to afford that… NOT will he make it.

Will Smith said once:

The separation of talent and skill is one of the greatest misunderstood concepts for people who are trying to excel, who have dreams, who want to do things. Talent you have naturally. Skill is only developed by hours and hours and hours of beating on your craft.

I’ve never really viewed myself as particularly talented. Where I excel is ridiculous, sickening work ethic. You know, while the other guy’s sleeping, I’m working. While the other guys’ eating, I’m working.

There’s no easy way around it. No matter how talented you are, your talent is going to fail you if you’re not skilled. If you don’t study, if you don’t work really hard and dedicate yourself to being better every single day, you’ll never be able to communicate with people – with your artistry – the way that you want….

I don’t think any truer words have ever been spoken!


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