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By Janis Wilson —

My word of the day is pretty much my life’s motto – strive. It means give your best effort, even when all indicates point to future failure. It means don’t take things for granted because, if you do, you fail to strive. Strivers are winners. Strivers have a sense of urgency no matter what is on their plate. I strive. I work hard. I set and meet goals. When things go badly, I cope. That is not because I always know what is ahead. I don’t. In fact, I am pretty much surprised by every significant event in my life. I never expected to marry anyone, having been told by my parents that I was too fat to ever get a date or even a job. So when I hooked a dreamboat, and a smart one at that, I was quite surprised. And when I passed my master’s orals, I felt such relief I could barely stand. I did not expect to get into law school, much less graduate, but I strove, working six and a half days a week on studying. I worked so hard at studying law that when my sweet husband went to do the laundry, I felt jealous. Even though I was a plaintiff’s attorney in pro-plaintiff Philadelphia, I was surprised to win my first jury trial. I worked hard to prepare for it and knew the facts cold. And when I lost my best friend, confidante and mentor, I held on by my fingernails and survived. I strive and I get by. I raise my glass to everyone who strives because doing so means they earn what they have.


  • Patricia Kay

    Posted April 16, 2014 at 6:41 am

    Thank you, Janis, for your excellent comments regarding striving to achieve the things you want in life. I am so pleased to publish this as the first offering from a student in my Challenge to Write class. I hope we’ll see many more! Congratulations on all you’ve accomplished.

  • Sally Burgess

    Posted November 29, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Thank you Janis. I am inspired by your comments and accomplishments. Reminds me of Winston Churchill’s comments to the graduation class of Cambridge. “Ladies and Gentlemen I have been asked to give you a few words of wisdom, I only have 7. “Never give up, Never, Never Give Up””.


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