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CERTIFICATION

What Is It

YOUI

Can't Do?

By Bob Ashby, C.P.M., CPCM
University of Nevada,
Las Vegas (Retired)

18

recently read about a boy who
was a born loser. He flunked
every one of his eighth grade
classes and most of his other
classes in high school. He
made the golf team but lost the
important matches. He was lost in
academics and sports but really liked
to draw, so he submitted cartoons
to be included in his high school
yearbook-but they were all rejected.
He then submitted a portfolio of
drawings to Walt Disney Studios,
and they rejected those, too. Each
succeeding setback seemed to offer
further proof that he was a loser.
But he didn't give up. Instead, he
decided to tell the world about his life
and what it's like to go through it as
a loser. What better way, he thought,
than through his cartoon drawings?
He made his main character a little
boy who symbolized the perpetual
loser and underachiever. It was, after
all, what he knew best.
What happened? People around
the world excitedly accepted and
sought out this lovable loser because
it reminded them of painful and
embarrassing moments from their

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own pasts. His character went on to
be one of the most famous of all time:
Good Ol' Charlie Brown. Who was
the boy whose many failures never
stopped him from trying, whose work
was unappreciated and rejected over
and over? It was, of course, the iconic
cartoonist Charles Shultz.
Charles, like all of us, faced
difficulty and discouragement but
he knew he had a choice in how
he handled them. He knew that if
he persisted, kept the faith, and
kept developing the talent he knew
was within him, he would reach his
potential.
Although I never considered myself
a loser, I remembered times I had to
adjust my objectives to keep from
being one.
My vision during my school days
was 20-300, which meant that, for
me to see what the person with
perfect vision could see from 300
feet away, I had to get within 20 feet.
I was blind as a bat! When playing
baseball, my favorite sport, I couldn't
see the ball well enough to hit it. I
couldn't see a fly ball well enough
to catch it. I realized there were only



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018

Letter from the CEO
Cyber Security—Everyone’s Business
Scammed—How to Protect Your University
Have Festival, Will Travel: Virginia’s Advocacy Program for Small-, Women-, and Minority-owned Businesses
What Is It You Can’t Do?
Heard on the Street: New Hot Topics from the NAEP Exchange
Building a Fund of Sustainability Knowledge, One Book at a Time— Part Eight
Best and Final: Crowdsourcing Beyond the Buzzword
Index to Advertisers
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - Intro
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - cover1
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - cover2
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Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 4
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 5
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - Letter from the CEO
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 7
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - Cyber Security—Everyone’s Business
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Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 10
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 11
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - Scammed—How to Protect Your University
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 13
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Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 15
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - Have Festival, Will Travel: Virginia’s Advocacy Program for Small-, Women-, and Minority-owned Businesses
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 17
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - What Is It You Can’t Do?
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 19
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - Heard on the Street: New Hot Topics from the NAEP Exchange
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 21
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - Building a Fund of Sustainability Knowledge, One Book at a Time— Part Eight
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Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 24
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 25
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - Best and Final: Crowdsourcing Beyond the Buzzword
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Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - Index to Advertisers
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