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So was it just Luck or was it Hard Work, Focus and Determination?

Hard Work NOT Luck: So I just heard that my nephew, who came out of high school with excellent grades and a high ACT, has maintained excellent grades at K-State, participated in different leadership roles and responsibilities at K-State, has worked 2 internships for companies in his field of interest during his Soph and Jr summers, and now has received a job offer from one of those companies prior to starting his Sr. year at K-State. So what has my nephew done that has allowed him these opportunities? He did what you saw above. He has given full effort in life to set himself up for success. He had no connections, he made the connections through his success. Isn’t it amazing how lucky he is?

Proud College Parents

Our daughter started her freshman year at Arkansas Tech University.  She made the cheer squad and since my wife and I are former cheerleaders for our high schools and college, it was only fitting that we were first in the spirit booth.

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Are you scared to ask for Feedback from your audience?

Feedback is very important for each of us to receive to make sure we are fulfilling the goals we set out to accomplish or to confirm we are meeting the needs of our customers. We need to make sure we are receiving both the constructive and positive comments to consistently improve the message we are delivering.

My son, Hunter, and I spoke for our local NWA Autism Support group to share on the challenges/successes of Hunter’s life:  “From Diagnosis to Graduation”.  Since this was our first time to give this presentation, immediate feedback is good.  1. We have to get our tech running smoothly.  I hate when that happens!  2.  Dad, that’s me, needs to make sure his son has more time to share. (Translated: Dad stop talking.)  3.  The content was on the mark.

Here are a couple of specific emails we received from attendees.

“Awesome, inspirational and convicting!  I need to be tougher and do MUCH less for our son.  I left with hope and motivation to make some changes.   Most importantly, Hunter is an amazing testimony on overcoming challenges of autism and rising to show his gift of speaking and sharing.  He is just a sweet kid.  Plus, wow, amazing eye contact as he talked to our son.   He put a huge smile on his face.     Just a great example of awesome loving parents and their commitment to not settle.   Love it!  Off my soap box now.   Thank you for offering this. “ – Melanie

“I THOUGHT IT WAS FANTASTIC..ESPECIALLY FOR PARENTS THAT ARE JUST BEGINNING THEIR JOURNEY WITH A CHILD WITH AUTISM…THEY HAVE PLOWED A LOT OF GROUND THAT WILL HELP ANYBODY GOING FORWARD… I THOUGHT IT WAS BOTH INFORMATIONAL AND INSPIRATIONAL!!!” -Pat

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Promote what you believe in!

One of the organizations I have learned to appreciate is Family First. They are out of Tampa, FL and sponsor the All Pro Dad and iMom programs.  You can learn more at their sites, but the All Pro Dad “Play of the Day” is a must for any husband, father or son.  Don’t miss your opportunity to be a part of it.

Here’s the latest play of the day titled, 10 ways to not waste your life.” This type of thought process always fires me up.  Give your life everything you’ve got.

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