VICE PRESIDENT’S COMMENTS
Everyone remembers the old children’s tale about the race between the Tortoise and the Hare. The Hare believing he would have no trouble winning the race started out strong but quickly became distracted taking breaks and even a nap during the race. Meanwhile the Tortoise kept his steady pace towards winning the race. Which is what he did while the Hare slept on the sidelines.
What I love about this story is that it shows the power of perseverance in personal success. Perseverance is the ability to sustain effort toward achieving goals despite difficulties. This is what the late John Wayne called “True Grit.” It is a secret to success in your career, personal life, and spiritual life. Child psychologists have studied what makes some students more successful than others and what they found surprised them! It was not IQ, not background, not the school district but rather the individual student’s personal commitment to achieve. The research showed that the ability to learn is not fixed but it changes with effort.
The moral? Trust in your success. Understand failure is not permanent. Success comes through the willingness to make mistakes and learn from them.
Vice President Dennis Leno