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The Journey is the Destination
By Ross King
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IN ANY PROFESSION, every individual has a story
to tell that reflects their personal journey and rise to
acclaim. Every individual has a source of motivation in
which they draw from in order to keep pressing forward.
My daily motivation just happens to come from a small
calendar from my alma mater, High Point University.
Filled with daily inspirational quotes from prestigious
individuals ranging from Gandhi to Thomas Jefferson,
this calendar provides me with the extra push I need to
continue throughout the day. Since Jan. 1, 2014, I have
been consumed with these words of inspiration.
High Point University President Nido Qubein created
this motivational collection to focus on the solutions
to issues today's emerging leaders face. Once I began
my daily review of the calendar on Jan. 1, 2014, I began
inquiring the numerous ways I could share this newfound
knowledge with my peers, colleagues, and even the next
generation of our state's leaders. As the ACCG Civic
Affairs Foundation continues on its journey to cultivate
the future leaders of Georgia and you further develop
your expertise through leadership and training programs,
I want to ask: where do you as a leader and example for
Georgia's youth draw your motivational core? Does it
come from sayings, readings or a support network? It
is important to draw from something because leading is
an educational journey and cannot be achieved alone.
Following is a series of quotes taken from the High Point
University calendar collection in which I find constructive and hope will bring added value to you as well.
"Remember that everyone's life is measured by
the power that individual has to make the world
better-this is all life is." - Booker T. Washington
We all have a specific purpose to fulfill in our lifetime.
Through our designated purpose, the ultimate purpose
is to help our fellow brothers and sisters in humanity.
We must live our lives to the fullest so that our purpose
is realized and that we may continue to make contributions to improve society.
"The two most important days in your life are the day you
are born and the day you find out why." - Mark Twain
Continuing with the sentiments that we each have a
designated purpose to fulfill, it is important to remember
why you do what you do. Keeping the fundamental reason
of your work at the forefront of your daily thoughts is
essential for progress.
"To be a great person, walk hand in hand and
side by side with great people." - Nido R. Qubein
Being a great leader is a continuous learning process.
We can learn to be great leaders by surrounding ourselves with those who have already surpassed the
level of success that we aim to attain.
"The best thing about the future is that it
comes one day at a time." - Abraham Lincoln
Whenever you feel the pressures of tomorrow accumulating, always remember to focus on your today.
Focus on the task at hand and take heed to the saying
"sufficient for the day is its own trouble."
"One of the most sincere forms of respect is actually
listening to what another has to say." - Bryant H. McGill
In your positions as elected officials, respecting others'
difference of opinions is a critical aspect of ensuring
your success. No one person that you represent or
govern alongside shares the exact same views, thus
it is important to listen. By listening, we exemplify
respect for others' differences.
"The only difference between a good day and
a bad day is your attitude." - Dennis S. Brown
In life, we all will experience unexpected events and
situations that may not work out in our favor. However,
if we assume the approach that every day is a good day,
it will become a reality. Approaching each situation
with a positive attitude and being solution-oriented
is vital to success.
In all, this collection of inspirational quotes focuses
on three critical keys to success - fulfilling your
purpose, respect and approach. Without purpose,
one's work is futile and time invested cannot be
regained. Representing diverse populations such
as the various county governments in Georgia
requires one to listen and exude a great amount
of respect. In addition, you will show respect for
yourself and those you represent by continuing to
learn from others around you in order to optimize
your service to your constituents. Lastly, approach
is vital to determining your outcome. Assuming a
positive attitude and maintaining a solution-based
mentality will help transform your "bad days" into
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - Summer 2014
County Focus: Walton County and Pragmatic Governance
County Wellness Programs: The Healthy Choice for Employees and Budgets
UGA Extension’s Walk Georgia Offers County Governments a Free, Online Option for Worksite Wellness
Counties and the Affordable Care Act: An Update on Federal Healthcare Legislation
Leadership Development: ACCG Gives County Officials ‘Tools’ to Make Better Decisions
News & Notes
Index of Advertisers
Georgia County Government - Summer 2014