IN THE “GRIT” OF SUBSTANCE THERE IS AN EDUCATION THAT NO CLASSROOM CAN GIVE…
“THE EDUCATION OF EXPERIENCE”
I was reared by a Father with a “Family Value System” that he lived and conveyed to me; he was an old fashion preacher.
A person can be jolted into maturity very quickly, when he comes to realize the World he is going to work in is a “New Value System” compared to how he was reared.
I personally learned very quickly that a great majority of folks I encountered in the work force were not reared where “Your word was your Bond”, and that honesty and track record didn’t matter.
In my younger years I
experienced the thrill and excitement of getting into law enforcement, only to
have a rude awakening in life. When I
quickly discovered why I was being elevated and what was to be expected, I
quickly exited. It was Divine
Guidance that guided me out.
Eventually I found that those who embraced me into their company became
known as the players in what’s called “The
I knew that I enjoyed the occupational field, so into the private sector I went, and learn much about business and more about law enforcement I did.
I was approached very
quickly by business leadership that was not conducive to my preferred
environment. I blatantly rebuffed the
personal invitation to a meeting. Had I
known the influence wielded within the leadership of law enforcement, I might
have been a bit kinder with the rebuff.
Regardless, I discovered what corruption was about and some seedy
details of how it’s masterminded. It was later referred to as “The
A sad moment has arrived....William E. Anderson,
Everyone has a Life’s Journey, if you live with a proper motive every experience becomes an education toward maturity with a bit of wisdom. God has given me a journey that I can speak of, and refer to, when sharing its value is appropriate.
There is no doubt in my mind that at least 90% of any occupational field awakes every morning with proper motive in life. Many would put the definition of motive up for discussion; it would be more prudent to worry about the other 10%. If everyone sought to be the best positive person they could be, we wouldn’t have to worry about there being a 10%.
A major reminder was given to me concerning life and business, when I had the occasion to be in Bob Knight’s office. I was at the beginning of working my way up the ranks as a Basketball Referee, and had asked for an appointment for consultation (Most are not aware that it takes a Coach to refer you if you advance as a Referee). I took the opportunity to let him know everything I could about myself in sports, including a prestigious list of Associations I belonged to and folks that I had met and worked with. He looked at me and said in a most business like manner….. “I could care less about who you know or how many associations you belong to, I just want to know how good you are”. He gave me the courtesy of a few more minutes before letting me know that he needed to grab a sandwich, the IU / Michigan State game was going to start in about 45 minutes and he didn’t want to be late. The message was so simple; I had over looked it and will never forget it.
I have been Blessed with experiences and moments that have given me a benefit in life, because I awake every morning with a positive motive and a will to pursue!
I wanted to convey just a small portion of what the Honorable Paul Harvey would call “and now the rest of the story”……
Merl F. Heinlein