In the article published in the Lewiston Sun Journal on Sunday, I had mentioned the role that hard work had played in my life.

 

I'll never ever forget that English teacher who grabbed and pinched my arm at the end of the year and said, "It is only by hard work that you will get ahead."  That pinch and twist just plain hurt.

 

But it did have impact.  It changed my life.

 

I count that moment and that twisitng angry pain - did she know something about where a pinch would have the most impact? - has left it's mark.  From that spot forward, whether in or out of school, I knew the value of hard work.  Growing up in NH in an old run down house had its impact on the value of hard work.

 

I started by building stone walls.  Lots of them. The property has several stone walls functioning as retaining walls.  Now some 50 years later, I still go there and fix stone walls, lifting and building as I can, asking for help when I must.

 

Then I discovered school - education.  After that pinch, there was no turning back - school became important.  And even if I am still paying off student loans at 65, that hard work was worth it.  I worked to learn the value of learning - and made it a life's goal.  And in all that education, my parents paid a total of $100.00 toward my degrees.  I don't begrude that at all, I made it up with hard work.

 

I worked at Lewiston and Oak Hill, bringing new programs and new initiatives to the students and faculty - whether an Outing Club at Lewiston or the gifted/talented programs at Oak Hill, work was always the inspiration.

 

Whether it is "meeting or greeting," or working in the garden, work has always been the thing which determines my success.  I've not been afraid of work - by the dint of hard work, I have been so fortunate to see benefits.

 

The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense. Thomas A. Edison
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I get it when Thomas Edison says, "The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are:  Hard Work, Stick-to-tiivenes, and Common Sense."

 

 Yup, he's right.

 

Success depends in a very large measure upon individual initiative and exertion, and cannot be achieved except by a dint of hard work. Anna Pavlova
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The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense. Thomas A. Edison
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The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense. Thomas A. Edison
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