“A river cuts through a rock not because of its power but its persistence.”
I found this quote a while back and felt that it really was a perfect definition of perseverance. Perseverance means sticking to something despite what comes your way, no matter how difficult. Business, especially entrepreneurship, will go a long way in helping you develop this character trait if you don’t have it yet.
You must stick to your vision even when others can’t see it. Motivate yourself regularly. Create a YES! list. A YES! list is a list that provokes a “Yes!” at the end of each sentence. Revisit your list regularly, particularly in those moments when you are your only cheerleader. My YES! list includes all the reasons why I’m undertaking any project.
I know someone who owns a local store who is the personification of perseverance. When she opened her doors, she had very little merchandise. She later received products from two local artisans. Her stock continued to increase slowly. Now her store is lined with products and thriving. She had a vision and stuck with it until she created a physical representation of that vision. She did it all with little capital, while working a second job and raising her two young children.
Keep reaching. Keep stretching. Keep trying new angles. Keep moving towards your vision. When the challenges arise, tell yourself, as Les Brown puts it, “I don’t have bad days, I have character building days.”
Perseverance is really a lifestyle. It takes a deep sense of purpose to remain steadily determined and focused. You have what it takes.Stick to it, success is imminent!
Dazzle Magazine recently caught up with Shervon Monrose of One Drop Sound while he was on island to promote and market a few projects that the company is now involved in. He took some time to discuss with us the nature of these projects and the idea behind One Drop Radio.
Dazzle: Tell us a little about One Drop.
Shervon: One Drop Radio, an affiliate of One Drop Sound (2007), started in November 2014 by myself, Cuthbert Didier and David ‘Shakes’ Christopher as an online radio station which concentrated on Saint Lucian music. We went this route was because too many people had no idea that Saint Lucia produced music from all different genres and we wanted to let the world know that we had many talented artistes who produced quality music.
Dazzle: How did you decide on the name ‘One Drop Radio’?
Shervon: The term ‘one drop’ was birthed through Reggae but we put a spin on it – all it takes is one drop of music, one message. We then took it a little further and produced a radio app to keep up with technological advancements. It’s a free app and is available on iTunes, Google Store and Blackberry and currently we have over 45K users of the app. Continue reading
Junior Achievement St. Lucia held its 19th Annual Awards ceremony on September 17, 2015 under the distinguished patronage of Her Excellency Governor General Dame Pearlette Lousiy. The theme of the celebration was “Promoting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship among the Youth.”
Recognition was given to primary and secondary schools that participated in the programme for the year 2014/2015. The ceremony climaxed with a presentation of awards to participants of the Company Programme. This programme allows secondary school students to establish and operate a company within an allotted timeframe, using capital from the sale of shares to finance their operations.
Visual misconception is a term I have coined to illustrate my experience as an individual with vitiligo. I come in contact with people of all ages and from all walks of life, whether it is at airports, supermarkets and restaurants or even on the beach in the Caribbean. Ninety-nine percent of the times their reaction to my depigmentation is always one of uncertainty and initially they try to avoid any contact with me in the event it is contagious, hence my coined expression.
I have chosen to write this article in the hope that readers would be more knowledgeable and aware of the disorder and the effects vitiligo has on most sufferers. I do not consider myself a sufferer, not even in the initial stage when my hands began to change drastically. I was curious to find out why I was the only one in my family with this disease. I discovered that I was not the only one affected by it and that I have a maternal cousin who also has vitiligo. I concluded that it is a genetic predisposition in my family. Continue reading
The VERVE Bar & Grill is located in the heart of the busy and fast-paced Rodney Bay Village. The bar is owned and managed by Mr. Lamar Sifflet and as he describes it, VERVE represents “energy, life and joy.” This is certainly in keeping with the definition of the word. Verve means vigour, spirit or enthusiasm. This suits the location of the bar; Rodney Bay is definitely the heart and soul of St. Lucia, and it is a place constantly brimming with enthusiasm and energy.
The bar has an ambience like no other. It exudes a party atmosphere that lightens your mood and invigorates the senses. Its flashing lights are something you can’t miss. It will fascinate you and keep you spellbound, and compel you to join the party! Continue reading
According to the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), suicidal behaviour is a major public health problem across the world. Data from the WHO indicates that approximately one million people worldwide die by suicide each year.
The number of lives lost annually through suicide exceeds the number of deaths due to homicide and war combined. Continue reading
Rainbow Events is a newly established events company which conceptualises and produces social activities with a difference mainly for the LGBT community in Saint Lucia.
When one considers the company and its objectives, a Japanese adage immediately comes to mind: ‘Love disregards all inequalities and differences in social status,’ and for the three founders of Rainbow Events, this rings true. The trio aim to provide their niche clientele with unique, spectacular and well-organised events, and welcome all and sundry, particularly people who share the company’s philosophy.
They come from varied yet complementary backgrounds and they are brimming with original ideas aimed at captivating their patrons, maintaining their interest and providing truly enjoyable entertainment. Continue reading
It’s a Saturday night and you feel like taking a drive across town. So you get dressed, kiss your loved ones goodnight and you’re ready to roll! You hop into your car and you’re on the go!
You’re now on the Millennium Highway and suddenly your phone makes that famous Messenger alert! Now in your mind you’re wondering, ‘Should I get it? What if I do, it’s only just answering a text right?’ But did you know it would be your last texting moments before you ran into that street lighting pole on the side of the road?
This is a serious matter which I think should be pondered over a lot more. As technology has gotten smarter, people seem to have gotten a bit dumber, no offense. Studies have shown that more than 11 teenagers die each day due to driving and texting. Now isn’t that some scary stuff to think about?
Did you know that in North America in 2012, 3,238 people died in vehicular accidents because of texting and driving? Lord, please put a hand and let us come to our senses before technology takes over and breaks this world apart! Continue reading
Mobile phones are without a doubt one of our most cherished assets, especially if it’s a smartphone. From conducting business transactions, to keeping up to par with the latest news, to entertainment through social media and more, mobile phones are keeping us connected to each other and informed about what’s happening in the world. Daily, we notice how cell phone usage is increasing among individuals of all ages and classes, even at our jobs; which sounds good, right? With nearly everyone making use of the technology, this would certainly improve society’s means of communication. So it’s fair to say that the world is gradually moving away from the old-fashioned dependency on manual skills/labour and traditional forms of communication at home and in the workplace. We are moving head-on into a future driven environment by advanced digital and communication technologies.
But sometimes we can get a bit sidetracked when work should be our first priority. Whether your job is at a bank, or at Payless Shoe Source, the workplace should be an environment of productivity and decorum. Getting caught misusing your phone on the job can easily lead to unwelcome sanctions from a manager or supervisor.
Here are 5 tips to help keep you focussed while on the job: Continue reading
Cerebral palsy is a lifelong condition caused by damage to the motor control centre of the brain and as a result it affects mobility. Tasks such as walking, sitting or tying one’s shoelaces could be difficult for some, while others may have difficulty grasping objects. However, with the right therapy and intervention there is an increased possibility for a better quality of life.
Cerebral palsy can be caused by head injuries, a mother having a viral illness or complications during pregnancy which causes lack of oxygen to the baby’s brain, premature birth and Rh incompatibility between mother and child.
Some early signs of cerebral palsy are poor head control after three months, continuous fisting of the hands, scissoring of the legs, seizures, inability to sit up by eight months and feeding problems.
The Cerebral Palsy Association of St.Lucia (CPA) established in 2012, is a support group for people suffering from the condition and their families and caretakers. The Association focuses on assisting them and advocating on their behalf, and also provides vital information on the prevention and therapeutic treatment of cerebral palsy. It also advises parents on treatment options and the availability of specialized equipment to assist in caring for children with cerebral palsy. Continue reading