(see also FOCUS)
Consider the postage stamp: Its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one
thing till it gets there.
When I was a boy, my father, a baker, introduced me to the wonders of song, tenor
Luciano Pavarotti relates. He urged me to work very hard to develop my voice. Arrigo
a professional tenor in my hometown of Modena, Italy, took me as a pupil. I also enrolled
in a teachers college. On graduating, I asked my father, "Shall I be a teacher or a
singer?" "Luciano," my father replied, "if you try to sit on two
chairs, you will fall between them. For life, you must choose one chair." I chose
one. It took seven years of study and frustration before I made my first professional
appearance. It took another seven to reach the Metropolitan Opera. And now I think whether
it's laying bricks, writing a book--whatever we choose--we should give ourselves to it.
Commitment, that's the key. Choose one chair.