When I was younger, we couldn't afford a piano at home, so my mum would take me to my piano teacher's house each day to practise for an hour.
I didn't really know how to appreciate music. I could only distinguish different sounds at a very rudimentary level. So I was shocked when I went to my first Eisteddfod and came 3rd.
Over the years I would leave with many 1sts, 2nds, 3rds; and come first in the state in my piano grades 3, 6 and 7 examinations.
Put in the work. Even if you don't know how to appreciate it, your work will speak for itself.
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I'm the founder of Robogals, and the Young Australian of the Year for 2012. Currently working on 2Mar Robotics. I sometimes give speeches around the country.
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