• The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails!   ---William A. Ward
    For the reader’s motivational file:

    Honestly, you are right. It is easier to sit at home than to work and improve your life. It’s easier to turn to food, drugs, and entertainment rather than friends, family, teachers and coaches for support. It’s easier to say “skip it, I give up” then to say “skip this, I can do it!” So you know what? I’m not going to tell you day after day you can do it. If you don’t believe you can, then you can’t. That’s the honest truth. You need to improve for you. And if you don’t want it enough, then you definitely won’t achieve it. So take the easy way out and remain unmotivated. Continue to point the finger at everyone else and refuse to hold a mirror up in front of you each and every day. I’m not saying things will be easy. I’m saying they will be worth it. The unfortunate reality is that your goals and what you define as success may not come when you want it to…it will come when you least expect it. It may come in a different form than you are planning it to be. The question is are you willing to give everything your all every second, of every day not knowing how things will work out for you? Keep in the mind the alternative is watching yourself not get better, watching life pass you by, and you one day reflecting back to this moment when you had the opportunity to change everything moving forward!

    You have to be able to recognize the difference between stress that can bring great results, and stress you create yourself that just causes chaos.  Showing up unprepared, not putting in the work, blowing off commitments and obligations…that’s the stuff that creates pointless stress.  You had the option to manage those things before they turned into negative situations.  But when you’re faced with the stress of great challenges set before you – making the team, working for a raise, finishing the job, winning a championship – undeniable gifts are buried under all that pressure.  Not everyone gets the opportunity to be stressed by the potential to achieve exceptional things.  --Tim S. Grover
    Kent State University, Kent, OH   May 2013
    Education Specialist
    Major: Principal Licensure, Educational Administration

    Kent State University
    , Kent
    , OH   December 2006

    Masters of Education

    Major: School Counseling and Guidance
    Kent State University, Kent, OH   August 2004

    Bachelor of Arts

    Major: Mathematics