“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” – Theodore Roosevelt
Why do I bring this up? Because it reminds me of you. You are clients, work partners, friends, and neighbors. As I think back on April this is the best quote, I can think of for how I feel about you. I wanted to roll out “April is the Cruelest Month” but that just seemed depressing and not worthy of how I really feel. This has been one of the hardest months I have had professionally and personally and yet one of the most rewarding. Here are just a few things that happened. My mom had a health scare, one of my oldest and closest friends was in a horrific auto accident and is still in the hospital and his life and his family’s life is changed forever. I, then, found out that another client and long-time friend was also in an auto accident right about the same time. So, I am really starting to wonder about April. On a brighter note, my brother was with us for few days while attending a conference in Long Beach, I traveled to New Mexico with a client to look at some property that will be their legacy and generate income and opportunity for their children, grandchildren and beyond. And I was fortunate enough to spend the weekend with a future CEO of a major US company who will change that industry forever and possibly set a precedent for other industries to do the same. The month closes with our one-year wedding anniversary. I feel fortunate to have found someone who is my love, my inspiration, and my friend.
Every one of the people I briefly described above represents that quote for me. They are business owners and entrepreneurs, leaders of their industry and those who have overcome adversity to do something really great. I know how great they are. I see it every day. I am humbled by all of these experiences and the challenges they have brought me, and I don’t know what May will bring; I expect that it will challenge and surprise me. I look forward to the challenge and for the opportunity to be a part of the daring and greatness that you are.
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