There is a song that I love that echoes the words, “We fall down, but we get up”. That simple little chorus represents the difference between winning and losing. The successful life is not so much what you know, or who you know. Success in life boils down to what you are willing to pay in order to become successful. We toil and spin trying to become successful in our careers, in our homes, and in our communities. Often in our efforts to become successful we assume that the answer lies in what we do, so therefore when something does not work immediately, we tend to look for another opportunity that promises overnight success. “Fast Success” is an oxymoron! No one in any worthwhile endeavor has been an overnight success. How much time does it take to become successful? Should it take 1 day or 1 year? Tiger woods dreamed of being a champion golfer at the age of three, and he won his first professional Major title at the age of 22. That’s nineteen years of work before he achieved one of his goals. What may seem like overnight success to us, is the reward of hard work to the dreamer?
You and I have an opportunity to achieve a level of success unparalleled in today’s economic crisis. My prayer for this team is that we muster up the courage to work together to earn our unified success. So that months, years, and decades from now, our children will have seen our example of hard work and dedication, and they may be inspired to achieve greatness through perseverance. TEAM AOJ1 keep falling down, and keep getting up, because the race is not given to the swift nor the strong… the race is given to the one that endures until the end.