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DIRECTOR'S DESK The Journey is the Destination By Ross King Executive Director >> 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 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 "good days." ■ SUMMER 2014 9

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - Summer 2014

President’s Message
Director’s Desk
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