John Paul DeJoria

Getting There – the road to success

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This post celebrates my sister, Mary Riesche, of Mary Riesche Studios.

In current society where instant everything is perhaps more coveted than endurance and consistency, it’s a joy to write about success that comes only after many years of hard work and relentless effort.

When you know what turns you on and gives your life purpose, you’ll stop at nothing to fulfill that purpose.

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My sister (on left), my brother, and me

My sister has drawn or painted since she could hold a crayon. She’s just a wee bit older than me so those of you who know how old I am can surmise that my sister has stuck with her artistic endeavors for quite some time.

Perhaps at first, neither Mary nor our parents figured the early talent she exhibited would be more than a passing fancy. (Let’s face it, children change what they want to be when they grow up just about as often as they change their underwear … maybe more frequently.)  Once Mary started to dig in, however, and was enrolled in classes at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, it was obvious to all of us that she was in it for the long haul, in it to win it, full speed ahead … you get the idea.

Courtesy of Mary Riesche Studios
Courtesy of Mary Riesche Studios

I’m currently reading a fabulous book, Getting There, by Gillian Zoe Segal, that follows the sometimes hard luck but always rewarding success stories of several business and entertainment professionals.  Matthew Weiner, Mad Men creator, didn’t become a successful writer with his very first story idea – that would be way too convenient and certainly not a very interesting read.  Getting There spotlights the various roads to success on which men and women have traveled, roads that contained many rejection speed bumps along the way.  He had this to say about overnight success, and I quote verbatim from the book, Read the rest of this entry »