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We only fail when we fail to try. I learned
that lesson early in life, as I fought to
be a normal kid in the body of a kid with
a handicap that kept me from many of the things
I wanted to do. In spite of my challenges,
I set my goals high, and did not reach them.
I did, however, put myself in a position to
succeed, just not the way I envisioned, and
through that, I learned that, although not
all of our goals are attainable, we grow in
I started my professional career as a newspaper
carrier for the Grand Island Independent in
my hometown of Loup City, Nebraska. It was
there that I learned the value of hard work
and setting goals, as well as
the importance of commitment and personal
service. There were plenty of days that I
didn't want to drag myself around to 63 homes,
but there were 63 people and a newspaper company
that trusted me to do that, and I was rewarded
for my work. In fact, I was the newspaper
carrier of the year, which earned me a lunch
with then Governor Bob Kerrey. More importantly,
I learned that hard work and dedication are
keys to success. Since taking that paper route
at the age of 10, I've almost always had some
sort of job.
Everyone has challenges in their lives. Mine
was a reaction to a childhood polio vaccine
which left me with a permanent limp and muscle
weakness along the right side of my body.
Getting around is more difficult for me than
it is for most people, and I would be lying
to say that I don't get frustrated; however,
I am a firm believer in fate. Thus, I believe
that my physical handicap is part of my existence,
and as such, I should treat as a lesson-giving
A handicap is like any other life challenge.
To succeed, you need to devise a way to work
around it and make the most of the things
that you can control.
My handicap has made me a more focused, determined
and introspective person than I think that
I would be without it. It's also taught me
how to deal with disappointment and challenges
to my beliefs.
I enjoy helping people discover their potential
and accomplish goals that they believed were
beyond their reach. I'm not foolish enough
to proclaim that I am any sort of expert or
that I am beyond fault; my wife can provide
a litany of areas of improvement, if you need
proof. I am, however, someone who holds strong
beliefs in the value of perserverance and
the importance of self reliance.
If that's of interest to you, please give
me a call and let's discuss how we can work