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two reasons the coach would keep
me on the team: hitting or pitching.
So, I became a pitcher. I could see
the catcher's glove well enough,
and I learned to throw a good curve
ball and that meant I got to stay in
the game.
This vision problem also evidenced
itself while playing basketball, my
second favorite sport. Poor eyesight
meant poor depth-perception, which
meant that, unless I was directly
under the basket, the odds were that
I wouldn't make my shot. Once again,
to keep from being banished from
the sport I loved, I had to concentrate
on the only two strengths that would
convince the coach to keep me:
scoring or rebounding. I became the
best rebounder in the league.
And now my goal is to run the
Boston Marathon. For this elite
race, however, only those who
can maintain a fast enough pace
are allowed in. And I am simply
not that fast. What to do? Since I
know that a very small number of
slots are allotted to charities for
fundraising purposes, and since I
am a three-time cancer survivor who

Charles (Schultz), 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.

regularly runs races for the Leukemia
and Lymphoma Society (LLS), I asked
to be given one of those slots.
I will run the Boston Marathon in
2018!
Bottom line? There are no losers-
some winners just take longer to
develop.
What is it that you can't do? Are you
a Charles Shultz who has tremendous
talent that just hasn't been recognized
yet? Or are you a Bob Ashby who has
to find a Plan B?
Contact me at ashbybob7@
gmail.com and let's figure out how
you can accomplish the goals that
some folks think you can't.

Bob Ashby, C.P.M., CPCM,
is retired from his position as
Director of Purchasing and
Contracts for the University of
Nevada Las Vegas, where he also
served as an Adjunct Professor
in the Management Department.
Bob has been active in NAEP
since 1997. In 2006 he received
NAEP's Distinguished Service
Award and in 2008 he won the
Mentor of the Year Award. In
2009 NAEP renamed the award
in his honor to the Bob Ashby
Mentor of the Year Award.
Email: ashbybob7@gmail.com.

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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
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 3
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
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 9
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
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 14
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
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 23
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 24
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 25
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - Best and Final: Crowdsourcing Beyond the Buzzword
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 27
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 28
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - 29
Educational Procurement Journal - Spring 2018 - Index to Advertisers
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