I pulled this excerpt from The Huffington Post. It is by Maureen Anderson who hosts a national radio show called: The Career Clinic. Click here to access the entire article.
When does persistence become stupidity? That’s what I asked a career consultant when I wondered if a talk show was in my future after all. He answered my question with two of his own. “Do you still want it with all your heart?” But of course. “And do you keep trying new ways to make that dream come true?” Yep. Well, then.
Then what? “Then hang in there.”
I entered the Public Radio Talent Quest in the spring of 2007. I didn’t win. I didn’t even come close. But the experience reminded me how badly I wanted what I wanted.
One day, raw from longing, I asked another colleague what his secret was. He was a social worker turned computer consultant turned motivational speaker and back to computer consultant who had a knack for achieving his dreams. “Write your goal down,” he suggested. “There’s just something about it.”
“Yeah, right,” one voice inside me snickered. “What could it hurt?” another part of me countered. And like a kid who doesn’t believe in Santa anymore but doesn’t want to jinx things either, I committed the following to my computer screen: “A real honest to God national talk show.”
You can guess where this is going. Within weeks I had a meeting with the folks at a brand-new, big station in Fargo — to talk about what would become The Career Clinic radio show.
Hosting that program — which now airs on 89 stations across the country — is like being five years old on Christmas morning every week. It never gets old.
I hope you’ll listen. And if it gives you the encouragement to go after more of your dreams, it will have been a good run.