How to Persist

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“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” — President Calvin Coolidge

I will confess to being a slow writer, but this article has taken me about three weeks to research and write. The idea came to me because everything I read about business or writing tells me to be persistent. It’s like telling me to “be purple.” …

In celebration of the conclusion of my fifth decade

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Today is my sixtieth birthday, a number that amazes and perplexes me. When I was young, I thought 2000 was the super-far future. The idea of 2020 was not even something I dreamed of.

I am blessed with good genes, and I’ve even been asked to produce a driver’s license by people who didn’t believe my age.

Aging is a Paradox

I know how I got here, to 60. Although I do have gaps in my memory along the way from various life traumas, I remember the progression of years. …

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Date Published: October 31, 2019

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Date Published: November 11, 2019

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I’m Donna K. Fitch, MLS, MSEd, MCert. I discovered Medium in late October 2019 and immediately fell in love with the intelligently-written articles. Not long after I signed up, I discovered Tom Kuegler’s course on writing for Medium, to which I attribute much of my success. He teaches the importance of digging down and sharing personal, even painful, stories. I find those stories that reveal my vulnerability resonate with readers.

Goodness, I have a lot of initials after my name! I identify as a Renaissance Soul, a term coined by the late Margaret Lobenstine in a book I recently discovered…

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That headline is not hyperbole.

Theoretically you could write an entire book without touching the keyboard, or at least your first draft.

This miracle could be accomplished through Rev, an on-demand transcription service. Please note: I have no affiliation with this company, but I thought I’d share how I found it useful and some ways in which you might find it useful too.

How Rev Works

Rev is facilitated through a free app, the Rev Voice Recorder. …

An almost-birthday pep talk

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I am about to reach a really major birthday milestone at the end of the month in which I’m writing this article. If I were a member of a landholding family in the Middle Ages, I would probably be dead about half as long ago as my current lifespan, but outlived by popes and artists.

I’m usually pretty chill about advancing age, mainly because nobody believes me when I tell them my age (“Yes, I’m 59. Yes, here’s my driver’s license.”). But this birthday has me a little spooked. …

Realize your dream and share your creativity!

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I started two short-lived businesses on Etsy, WordBlooms and Reward Your Success. WordBlooms sold hand-drawn and colored single-word doodle framed prints. Reward Your Success focused on a journal for recording your successes in completing your goals, while a bracelet and charms were available to reward yourself when you finished a half-marathon or lost a certain amount of weight or other less-tangible results.

Etsy is “the global marketplace for unique and creative goods,” a platform and community that helps “real people…do what they love.” In 2015, Etsy boasted 54 million members. Over 60 million…

Focus is the key to your online presence.

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Hide it under a bushel? No!
I’m gonna let it shine,
Let it shine all the time, let it shine!

When I was growing up in church in Alabama, as a little kid I heard and sang “This Little Light of Mine” pretty frequently. The best parts of the song were those with hand motions. In the verse quoted above, we would stick up the index finger of one hand, representing our candle. The other hand was cupped over the “candle” until we shouted “No!” as loudly as possible while revealing the…

Sometimes you have to face some sad facts.

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We all know it. That sick feeling in the pit of your stomach when you look at the former object of your affection. You know it’s over. Now it’s time to face reality. It’s just not what you hoped it would be in the beginning.

Or maybe you’re in denial. Your friends tell you it’s all wrong, but you’ve invested so much in the relationship, you can’t bear to see it end. Maybe it can be saved! Maybe…

Let’s look at the five signs it’s time to break up with your current…

Inclusivity means respecting personality types too

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I love personality tests. Finding out who I am — or at least, the perception of who I am — has always fascinated me. The earliest personality analysis I remember was finding out my astrological sign back around 1969. I was thrilled to be Aquarius, especially because they were singing about me: “This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius! Age of Aquarius!” (When I was older, I was super-disappointed to find out the emphasis on dawning. Apparently nobody knows exactly when we’ll be in that age — 2012? 2597? 3597?)

Personality Tests in the Workplace

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Donna K. Fitch

MLS, MSE (instructional design), MCert (web), BA (Art). 20+ years in web design. Writer for The Startup, Age of Awareness, Thirty over Fifty.

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