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Observer/Zinc headlines March 23

The Observer editor Meredith Papavasiliou.
The Observer editor Meredith Papavasiliou. The Observer

SHE'S young all right, and that was one of the things that struck so many people at yesterday's GAPDL launch of the Season of Sailing.

But with youth on her side, it's plain to see this is one clever - and you could go so far as to say, seasoned and astute - young woman.

Jessica Watson is an inspiration. What an incredible role model for the young women (and men) of our future.

Here is someone who had a dream. But it is not that which sets her apart - dreams are something we all have - even if buried somewhat, hidden beneath a cloak of day-to-day drudgery and life tarnished by disenchantment.

What she did, that so many others seem to fall short of, was show the mettle and she had the grit to see that dream through.

Jessica Watson's whole being is based on the premise that she is an ordinary person. The fact she did something extraordinary is because she knew what she wanted, she knew what she needed to make that a reality and she had the drive to make it happen.

It seems so simple.

She makes it sound so doable. But you know what?

It is.

How many of us know what we are really capable of, but fall short? We make excuses. We blame.

We whinge and belittle ourselves. We give that horrible little voice in our heads, which tells us we're not up to it, too much airtime. What's worse is we believe it.

Too many people honestly believe they will never reach their goals. So sad.

Every single person, whoever they are, whatever their lot in life, has the capacity and the ability to do great things.

The difference between achieving a goal, and not, has little to do with ability.

It has everything to do with mindset, drive and really wanting it.

We need only convince ourselves.

Topics:  editorial, gapdl, jessica watson, meredith papavasiliou, opinion




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