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By The Dawn's Early Light

Selected Messages from the CEO to the Spartans of Invictus

What Will Your Legacy Be?

“Your legacy is not what you do FOR people; it’s what you leave WITH people.”– Peter Strople

My reflection about this past decade is that I would not change a thing, as each one of you are helping to create this great company, as well as enhancing an individual legacy to be proud of.  Of course, the awards are there because of your professional acumen and commitment to mission excellence.

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The Magical Results of Patience and Perseverance

“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.”– John Quincy Adams

What John Quincy Adams said is true, whether it is a personal quest or a corporate vison, when one has the patience and perseverance to see it to through to the end…magical things do happen…

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On the Sunny Side of the Street

“Grab your coat and get your hat, leave your worries on the doorstep. Just direct your feet to the Sunnyside of the Street.” – Dorothy Fields

The essence of the song is to see the world as a wonderful place where each of us can contribute in our own way and be respected, happy, and thankful for our existence.

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What Good Can We Do in the World?

“The noblest question in the world is: What good may I do in it?” — Ben Franklin

I am not sure we wake up in the morning and say, “What good can I do for the world today?” I certainly don’t. I’m usually hoping someone doesn’t talk to me until I at least get a cup of coffee.

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Multi-Task, Prioritize, and Operate Fearlessly

“I learned to multi-task, prioritize, and operate fearlessly at the Naval Academy and those principles have been the beacons of my entire life…a life I never dreamed of.” – Mike Yeager, Naval Academy Distinguished Graduate, Class of 1976

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Do What You Can

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” – Teddy Roosevelt

We are all here on this earth for just a brief shining moment.  What we do with that time is up to us and quite frankly, will only really be known and appreciated by our families, our co-workers, and those that we touch daily.  In fact, two generations from now most people will not even remember our names. 

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Gaining Wisdom

“By three methods we may learn wisdom. First, by reflection, which is noblest. Second, by imitation, which is easiest and third by experience which is bitterest.”– Confucius

Of course, every day is a learning experience and if we follow Confucius’ tenets we should always be increasing our Wisdom, which is the quality of having experience, knowledge, and…

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The Trumpet of Freedom

“Live with passion, and give your gift.”

Passion is the driver but your gift is yourself. Nobody has what you have to give…so start with that. As with many of my brother and sister veterans here…I’m passionate about three things: the privilege of being able to continue to serve our country, the pursuit of leading a better life, and the opportunity to protect America.

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Finding Happiness Through Virtue

“Virtue is nothing else but right reason” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Seneca was born over 2000 years ago in Spain and was subsequently educated in Rome. He had a highly successful, and quite dramatic, political career in Imperial Rome.  In his essay, On the Happy Life, Seneca talks about happiness and how a person must live to achieve it.

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A Message of Unity

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am concerned with what is happening in America today. I look and I see a country truly divided.  Half the country liberal and half the country conservative.  Then I reflect and think, “isn’t that the way…

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