People tend to tire of long-term victims.

But look. As far as we are concerned?

You can play the victim as long as you play it as well as Sally Field did in the 1991 thriller Not Without My Daughter. article, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer photo credit article, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer photo credit

Not Without My Daughter is a 1991 American drama film depicting the escape of American citizen Betty Mahmoody and her daughter from her abusive husband in Iran.

Betty Mahmoody (Sally Field) is an American woman married to “Moody” (Alfred Molina), an Iranian-American living in the United States. When Moody informs her that he wants her and their daughter, Mahtob (Sheila Rosenthal), to visit Iran with him, Betty is reluctant because of the country’s perceived harsh treatment of women. When the family arrives in Iran, Betty discovers that her husband plans to stay in the country for good, and has no intention of letting her or Mahtob return to the United States.

Sally Field’s brilliantly intense performance was so powerful that to this day, its easy to feel the emotions and rage that she evoked.

Watching San Francisco Bay Area product Olivia D’Angelo wrestle is virtually always a clinic in intensity, especially when she is ahead in the match. article, photo article, photo

Others in high places admire this demonstrated quality as well. At Psychology Today they express, “Tenacity, then, seems to be the key ingredient to developing exceptional abilities and achieving great things.”

Persistence, determination, perseverance, doggedness, strength of purpose and more. That’s Olivia in a nut shell.

“I never had a lot of drive, but because I had family responsibilities, I had a lot of tenacity – the tenacity of a drowning man.”… Dick Van Dyke  

We love it when a Fem Competitor has grit and intensity. We’ve written about that several times.

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Olivia’s matches against Kait Snow required true intensity. There is very real intensity there. article, photo article, photo

In her match against new beauty Eden Cox, the new girl was intense so Olivia responded in kind. article, photo article, photo

Here is the producer’s description at San Francisco Grappling stars. “Olivia has been around the competitive female wrestling scene for some time. She is a tough girl out of San Jose CA. Young, feminine, sweet Eden agrees to take her on with only a few bouts under her belt and at this point, no victories. As you would expect, Olivia was relentless and merciless completely dominating Eden who put up a strong fight but given Olivia’s rage agreed the fight should be called early. It was. Enjoy the fight up close, erotic and personal.”

Her matches against Eden and super star Isamar can be found at:  

Watching and shooting video of Olivia wrestling is entertaining and very inspiring. She brings it every match.

It’s hard to imagine this sweet girl with this beautiful face who can instantly turn into a tigress.

We certainly have our thoughts about tenacity. We also enjoyed this article by a visiting female writer.

We all need some intensity in our lives, don’t we?

10 Reason Why You Need Tenacity

By Temi Koleowo 

As I watched Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic play for the title of the Australian Opens 2011. One thing that struck me about both men was the ability to keep their eyes on the ball amidst all the pressure. I watched how they played with such ferociousness, there was a goal and no-one was letting it out of their sight. Sadly there can only be one winner!

An Interview with Yourself

As an entrepreneur, it is important that you ask yourself these questions on a regular basis:

  1. Am I pushing myself enough towards the goals I want to accomplish in life?
  2. Am I tenacious enough to make things happen for me?
  3. What are my weaknesses and how can I overcome them?
  4. and a host of other questions to fire you up for the journey towards your success.

Whether you are self-employed, employed or doing whatever you do, if you want to excel in your chosen endeavor, one thing you need is TENACITY.

Synonyms of TENACITY: Obstinacy, Resolve, Firmness, Persistence, Insistence, Doggedness, Drive or Stubbornness.

10 Reasons why you need Tenacity:

  1. Tenacity is what wakes you up in the morning and challenges you to accomplish more than you did yesterday.
  2. Tenacity is what keeps you going when things around you say “You Can’t, You Can’t”
  3. Tenacity is what gives you the confidence to sell your vision to others and make them believe you have something worthwhile to offer.
  4. Tenacity is what keeps you hold on to your dreams when circumstances and situations want you draw you back.
  5. Tenacity is what helps you look at things from another perspective when your previous idea did not work out.
  6. Tenacity is what allows you to imbibe constructive criticism and not see it as a tool to bring you down.
  7. Tenacity mixed with integrity makes you open to alliance, assistance and whatever will help you accomplish your goal.
  8. Tenacity makes you carry out adequate research, cross-check your facts and seek advice from those who are able and qualified to assist you.
  9. Tenacity is the force that propels your dreams, your ideas, your concept or your vision.
  10. Tenacity can lift you out of mediocrity and puts you where you want to be in life.

I tend to look at things more from a business perspective and I know for every business idea there will be obstacles to overcome. Once you can establish that your concept is a viable idea and not some wishful thinking, give it everything you’ve got to make it work.

People that excel in life never give up after the first hurdle; they just keep going, evaluating and evolving along the way.

Temi is a business consultant at and specializes in assisting new and existing businesses in developing viable concepts and creating products and services that people need. She provides business consultation, business plans, web design, concept research and development and a lot more.

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Sources:, Wikipedia,, FCI Elite Competitor, photos thank you Wikimedia Commons.

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