Story of Our Name
Succeed Where It Counts comes from decades of living, working and raising a family.
When I was a young man, just starting into my career, I was at a conference where there were about a hundred others in my same career track. Over the course of several days I overheard older men say, "I wish I had spent more time with my family." Hearing it once made an impact. Hearing it over-and-over left an impression. I resolved then, when I get to then end of working days I'll say "I wish I had spent more time at work." That was a pledge that has been tough to keep. I put it in the front of my thinking everyday.
Over the years I have met (and worked with) people who have a "succeed at all costs" attitude. It is not uncommon for those people to neglect their children, their marriages, their health and their ethics. I know of two who actually went to jail because they blindly pursued power, fame and fortune.
A few subscribe to the philosophy, "Live off the success of others." As a nation we are struggling with a swelling number with that attitude. Not only is it financially unsustainable, it is also morally corrupt. Not long out of college I came to that fork in the road myself. My employer laid me off, and I considered "going on the dole." As I drove towards the county offices to see what I could get out of the system a twinge of conscious grew to a scream about self-respect and integrity. I was young, healthy and well-educated. There had to be a job out there, somewhere for me. The very next day I found one. It was at minimum wage and, therefore, failed to fully meet my needs. A few weeks later I accepted a second job, not too far from the first. For the next year I worked 80 hours per week. It was tough, and tedious, but also liberating. From that day to this my mindset has been that I am a producer, a contributor, and a man of integrity who expects nothing until he first produces value for others.
Finally, I determined that I would not neglect my children or my marriage simply to earn a few more dollars. I would work when I had to work, and I would be with my family at times of significance to them. My children are grown, with children of their own. I do not regret my decision.
In fact, I affirm my choice. Succeed Where It Counts: Faith, Family, Finances.