Friday, June 21, 2019

Carpe Diem*

Two Months.  If you click the picture at the top of the page you'll see the countdown to our first practice.  61 days.  I know what can be accomplished in that time.  I know what YOU can accomplish in that time.  But you've got to know . . .

Anybody over 8 who has drawn a breath knows what Thomas Edison accomplished.  Yes, he invented the light bulb.  But his genius did not begin or end with the electric light.  In fact Edison had over 1,000 patents throughout his work life.  A testament to his hard work.  Think about the successful people you know.  What is the primary force behind that success?  Ask them.  My guess is the reply will be . . . hard work!

Looking back, I know the hard work put in by the people in my life.  My father worked 6-6 every day.  First as an auto mechanic after being discharged from the Army.  Later as owner of an auto dealership.  My mother had a longer shift with 5 sons born in an 8 year period.  They are the reason I can't ever imagine retiring.  That helps me define "There is no substitute for hard work."

Ask yourself what Edison's quote means to you. Hard work can overcome a lack of talent.  In fact "hard work beats talent when talent does not work hard."  This can be applied not only to your running.  It is much larger than that.  It will apply to your social, academic and professional lives.  Work hard to establish and maintain relationships with good people.  Don't procrastinate in your studies and effort to always do your best.  And when it comes time to take on a task, seize the day*.  Take advantage of the opportunity.  It may not  present itself again.

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