Passing a 40-year milestone in business is an occasion for reflection. I am grateful for the people and experiences/lessons that have shaped me into the person I’ve become.
The following are from my experiences:
On the first day of kindergarten when half the kids were crying for their parents, I remember thinking “What’s the problem?” having just walked 5 blocks there with my 6-year-old sister.
Life Lesson: Awareness, Adaptable, Resilience
My third-grade teacher, Sister Benedict insisted “Always finish what you start.” From that day on, I would start eating my mashed potatoes and finish them before starting on something else.
Life Lesson: Dedication, Persistence
In fourth grade, I was placed with the Bluebirds – the faster reading group, where I worked hard to belong.
Life Lesson: Determination
In fifth grade, Mrs. Maher told us that the United States had unlimited natural resources and I seriously doubted her.
Life Lesson: Questioning Declarative Statements
In eighth grade, Sister Charlotte guided me to a private high school for a fresh start. (I was younger and smaller than most of my elementary classmates and often treated as such.)
Life Lesson: Optimism
In ninth grade intramural soccer, Brother Dominic choose me to be a captain to pick sides. (A treat for someone who was often chosen last). I promptly picked the next two least likely players to be chosen for my team.
Life Lesson: Consideration and Empathy
In tenth grade, Brother Montgomery inspired me with the importance of communication, treating perception as being a reality, a love of drama, and involvement in theater.
Life Lesson: Develop Communication Skills and Pursue Psychology Studies
In twelfth grade, middle distance track Coach Gibbons, signed me up to anchor the sprint medley after I told him I wasn’t feeling up to it. Apparently, as Captain, there was an obligation to the team. What followed was my most memorable race.
Lesson: The Lower the Lows the Higher the Highs!