A post from John Zimmer over at mannerofspeaking.org inspired this post. He says that Germany is now a powerhouse football power, but that hasn’t been the case for a great number of years. Partially due to the efforts of Klinsmann (the USA national team coach now, thank goodness), Germany started a program to find and develop the greatest talent that they could and put in the work to bring the World Cup home. That great effort has now been rewarded. His post reminded me of a quote that goes ‘Talent is pursued interest. In other words, anything you are willing to work at, you can do.’ Which is not to say that at my age and weight I could ever be a professional footballer, but the point is made that you have to put in the time, the practice and the dedication to achieve. It’s the holy trinity of Bernard Moitessier of things required for accomplishment: thought, faith and sweat. You have to plan, think about what’s to be done, you have to have the confidence that you can overcome obstacles and you have to be willing to work, to leave some of your sweat and blood in the arena. Knowing this helps me to continue, through the doldrums of review, edit, critique and rework once again as well as the times when it seems the words just will not come.