At the time I thought it was a cheesy exercise, but she had the wisdom and experience that, at 22, I lacked. She took the time to give us a small, laminated version of that assignment. I’m surprised and happy to say that I must have known myself pretty well because my 30-something (ha) self still abides by this plan.
Principles I hold dear…
- Succeed at home first
- Never compromise respect, honesty and integrity
- Be sincere yet decisive
- Enjoy today but don’t forget that tomorrow exists
- Keep lines of communication open
- Live the phrase “forgive and forget,” allow people to make mistakes
- Continue education
- Teach my children to love, to enjoy learning, to laugh and to be unique
- Let money be my friend not my controller
- Withhold judgment
- Strive to do the best work that I possibly can
- Find motivation in the people I love and the work I enjoy
- Give back to my community
I was lucky enough to start at Draper two months after I graduated from Butler. I celebrated my 15-year anniversary here in July and will be going to my 15-year reunion of sorts during homecoming at Butler later this month. My “marketing plan” is hanging on my office wall along with my diploma from Butler and Anderson (where I received my MBA) and lots of pictures of my family and friends. I am blessed to be where I am both personally and professionally. I am thankful to have had some like Professor Skinner (she still teaches at Butler) to challenge me. I hope her current students feel the same…I’m not sure I did back then.