From our Managing Editor, John Gereau:
‘Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration’
— Thomas Edison
My father used to tell me that if you want to get ahead in this world, work harder than the person sitting next to you. Get to work before him, leave after him, and before long you’ll have his job.
The opportunity to get ahead through hard work may be even greater today, because the competition is fierce, but the will to work for many is no longer so.
Of equal importance is to take pride in everything you do, wether it is digging ditches or building bridges. You should be able to look back at the end of the day and be proud to have your name associated with the work you just performed.
And, last but not least, for every hour you spend inside, spend two outside. The outdoors will bring you solace, and ground you when all else seems off course.
From our Assistant Managing Editor, Andy Flynn:
After 25 years of being in the “real world” after high school graduation, I can safely say that life’s been an adventure.
Growing up in Tupper Lake, I wanted nothing more than to leave my hometown. By my senior year in college, I wanted nothing more than to live in the Adirondacks. I was able to return home and earn a good living in the media industry. I’m finally living the dream, but it’s not been an easy road.
To the Class of 2012, I say if you want to come back to the region after college or military service, you can. Brain drain is real, but it’s overrated. We need you. Consider coming home. And get a dog. Dogs are nice.
From our Times of Ti Editor Fred Herbst:
Can I trust you? It seems like a simple question, but may be the key to your future.
Trust, missing all too often today, is crucial to building relationships and achieving success. Whether it’s a family member, boss, co-worker, community member, they all need to know that they can count on you to meet your obligations; that you’ll do the right thing.
Always endeavor to build trust. When you build trust you build strong families, good work ethic and strong communities.
From Valley News Editor Keith Lobdell:
“On occasion we need to make a second effort - and a third effort, and a fourth effort, and as many degrees of effort as may be required to accomplish what we strive to achieve.”
— Thomas S. Monson.
This really goes hand-in-hand with another one of my favorite quotes, given in a time of trial by one of the greatest ambassadors for college basketball, Jim Valvano - “Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.”
You all have goals, and you will all have hurdles along the course that lead to those goals. Some will be easy to hop over, while others will seem as high as Everest. When faced with the latter, remember that the things which are truly worth attaining are not given, but earned.
From Burgh and North Countryman Editor Stephen Bartlett:
Don’t underestimate the value of some sort of post-secondary education, whether technical or collegiate, because the job market is merciful to no one and it’s easy to become bogged down by barely getting by.
Also, don’t put your eggs in one basket. Don’t give up on your ultimate dream, but allow for a dose of realism and ensure you obtain the skills to secure, possibly, your second choice, and pay the bills while continuing to pursue your passions.
From reporter Katherine Clark:
Everyone, graduating high school seniors, parents and community members should attend graduation ceremonies and listen to inspirational speeches about the future.
Seniors, as you listen to the keynote speaker, telling you there is an open sky of possibilities to choose from. Everyone in the crowd, young or old, has the same potential to redefine the course of their lives.
You can change your mind a handful of times and still live a successful life as long as you are passionate and work hard on whatever you do.
Chef, television personality and writer Rachael Ray said it best:
“Work harder than the next person, don’t complain about it, and you'll always get noticed, no matter what job you’re doing, and you'll find an opportunity occur that you didn't see coming.”