A Lesson in Determination

I was raised with a large variety of music placed at my fingertips. I was raised on Nirvana, Def Leppard, Bryan Adams, Travis Tritt, Michael Jackson… You name it, I listened to it.

And it has taken me 19 years to realize the awe-inspiring story that one of those bands taught me—and so many others. To those of you reading this who were not fortunate enough to be born in the era of amazing music and talent, please leave your Beiber and Ke$ha at the door and step inside. It’s story time.

Can you imagine that the thing you love to do most is your job? And that you are well known, and loved… and then something happens that robs you of all of that—or does it? A little determination and a lot of patience and practice can turn even a debilitating event into a milestone.

Some of you might know what I’m talking about (even though I was being vague). For those of you who don’t, I’m talking about Def Leppard’s drummer, Rick Allen.

When Def Leppard began their rise to fame, Rick Allen was in a car crash and lost his left arm. But he didn’t let it stop him! He insisted to the band that he could still play—and he made it so.


I think that this is an excellent example of true devotion and determination. I think that this is what the world needs—people who follow their dreams insistently, in spite of everything that is stacked against them.

And because I found a video of his triumphant return (and admittedly found myself getting choked up) I decided I would enclose it. I respect that he looked misfortune in his face and worked around it.

If you want to read more about Def Leppard and their journey through the ages, I encourage you to look at Wikipedia. If I find any other sites that are devoted to the band, I will include them here at a later date—and if you know of any, please tell me about it in the comments!


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