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.
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.
I tweet @maritacheng and I'm on Facebook.
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