Work Hard. Leave No Doubt.

Recently, our family received the very exciting news that our oldest son, Curt, was accepted to the University of Michigan for the fall semester!

Curt grew up loving U of M (can you guess where he got it from?) and he set out to achieve his goal by working hard in academics and extracurriculars. It’s a big accomplishment and one that makes his father very proud! Even with a freshman spot as a Wolverine secured, Curt will still need to remain focused and committed to putting in the hard work once the school year begins.

Heading into 2020, I encourage you to always strive towards the next step above – whether it’s applying for colleges, getting a promotion, or asking for a raise. Regardless of your current position, you should always be trying your best to achieve your goals.

As the coach of the San Antonio Spurs basketball team, Greg Papa said, “If you want more playing time, earn it. Make it so I’m an idiot if I don’t play you – leave no doubt that I have to leave you on the court.” You should leave no doubt that someone has to promote you or give you the raise that you’re working toward. If you’re always pushing yourself to do better, it will all work out for you in the end.

If things don’t go as expected, or if your goals aren’t met, it’s far from over so don’t dwell on it. It’s how you respond to those situations that define your career and your character. You should always be looking at yourself and asking what you can do to improve a situation for next time – that’s how you grow!

Now I invite you to evaluate what you can do differently this decade to push yourself to the next level. Let’s achieve our goals together in 2020! 🎉