This scenario applies to youngsters, too. Olympic and world champion figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi drives home this point with good humor and grace in her children's picture book, Dream Big, Little Pig! (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, Juvenile Fiction/Picture Book, 2011) (ISBN 9781402252754). The illustrations by Tim Bowers capture the moods beautifully. Poppy's disappointment with the difficulties she encounters when she explores different types of personal expression, as well as the disappointment she feels when discouraged by others, are poignantly felt. Finding one's talent niche isn't easy for anyone, especially for a pot-bellied pig, but Poppy perseveres, until she ultimately triumphs in discovering her passion and skill. The plot is ably summarized in this book trailer by The Lady With the Red Hair.
When it comes to achieving your dreams, hard work pays off, big-time. With the love and support of family, friends, and mentors, you can become anything. I can't think of a better message for a children's picture book.