So it’s a new year and rather than making a list of virtually the same resolutions I made in 2014, I started to think about what my all-time favorite one is. I thought back through this year, which was, in fact, a difficult one for me for a number of reasons and what comes to mind is:
“Never give up!”
Indeed, my father, whom I lost last May, taught me that perseverance is one of the most important qualities a person can have. I listened to him carefully, watched as he led by example and have learned through much trial and error that not giving up is incredibly important.
In my career, as in my personal life, I have always tried to achieve my best. I have also always stuck with clients whose work I absolutely knew would find a home and just two weeks ago I learned again the real value of perseverance.
I had tried to sell a new client’s novel beginning in the fall of 2012 and finally had to acknowledge that it wasn’t going to happen about four months and dozens of rejections later. He came back to me with a new manuscript in the spring of 2014 and finally, after submitting to 30 publishers and on the last day I was in the office before our holiday break, I found him a home…I think a good one. He didn’t give up and neither did I. There were times along the way when we both thought about giving up and moving on, but instead we just kept moving forward.
So I am hoping that in 2015 we will all continue to persevere in whatever we choose to do. That really is my favorite New Year’s resolution.