By Jennifer Napier
Special to the Register
A young boy grew up in Berea, in a family that was blessed with a variety of musical talents.
His mother was a member of a female group who performed onstage regularly at Renfro Valley, in Rockcastle County.
This young man would routinely attend shows to watch his mother, and other artists, perform on stage. He was eager to learn from them every chance he could. He knew from a young age he wanted to pursue a career in the music industry and was willing to seek advice and mentoring from those who were experienced in the industry.
This young man attended Silver Creek Elementary School in the Madison County School System. He was encouraged by his favorite teacher to sing in a sixth grade talent show. The young boy told his teacher he was too shy to sing in public, but agreed to play the guitar in the talent contest.
Our young man won second place in the talent contest, losing the first place award to a tap dance routine. Do you think that discouraged our aspiring musician? No way!
He had a dream to follow and the dedication and perseverance to see that his dreams would become reality. He didn’t allow that one contest to deter him from his achieving his goals.
Who was this young man that grew up in Berea, and was too shy to sing in a talent contest?
Who is the man that dared to dream that he could make a career as a successful musician?
Who is the country music star that dared to follow the road less traveled, which has made all the difference in his life?
It is none other than J.P. Pennington of the country music band Exile.
What makes the difference in the lives of those who become successful and those who do not?
Why does it seem that some people with special skills and talents never seem to achieve the life they want, while others are able to soar to great heights?
To dream enables you to envision yourself accomplishing great things. The difference in success and failure is that the successful person will persevere, work hard and never give up – ever.
Those who achieve great things in life don’t allow others to dictate their paths. They view every obstacle as a welcomed challenge and a great opportunity to learn from their mistakes.
Unsuccessful people see obstacles as an excuse to sulk, host themselves a pity party, become bitter and then continuously complain.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, a famous America poet wrote. “Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.”
Do you have the courage and ability to persevere like the young boy from Berea? Are you willing to follow your dreams?