The Root of Success
The purpose of today's message is simple. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I have a deep-seated need to succeed at whatever the goal may be. You see, when my life began, it was not under very good circumstances. My whole life has been one of contrasting directions. My Mom and Dad always told me that I can do anything I set out to do. While, others have told me that I couldn't do this or that.
When I was a young boy, I wanted to play football. People said I was too slow. They said I was not tough enough. They said I was not strong enough. Well, through the years, I worked HARD and became part of a championship team. (Only the second championship team our High School ever had.) We began what was to become the longest play-off streak in Arkansas -- 30 years.
Then, there were those who said I was not smart enough to go to college, much less finish. Well, with a lot of help, I went on to become the first person in my family to ever go to college, much less graduate. I DID graduate!
During college, I was told I would never work for a major technology company. I was told that I just wasn't smart enough. Well, within a few months after graduating college, I was sent to the Middle East to work on a major Department of Defense military initiative. During that time, I did things that major technology companies said couldn't be done. Well... I DID IT. (several times)
After years of HARD work and many sleepless nights, I was blessed to work in the Executive Office Of The President of The United States at the White House. While there, we completed more projects than anyone had ever done before. NO ONE believed I could do it, except God and me!
Now, I am not the smartest or the fastest person. But two things I have come to know is that (1) I am a loyal friend and (2) I am a diligent and hard worker. My parents taught me to do what is right just because it IS right. (The stories I could tell you about that one.....)
Now, I am working within WA to learn and grow my online business. Well, folks, I just wanta say two things: 1) I DON'T lose when I believe in something. 2) I WILL succeed.
Please understand this is not about me. My life has not been about ME. I have come to understand and know that it IS about others. (mostly, it's about my family and friends) That's what I love about WA. At least for me, I believe it's about succeeding through the efforts of others and with the help of others. I believe that's what Kyle and Carson have as their vision for WA. That's what I love about each one of you. So... Here's to success for each one of us...