OR NOT –
THE FACT THAT
I CAN IMAGINE IT –
THE FIRST STEP.
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“Your time is limited,
so don’t waste it living someone
Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions
drown out your own inner voice.
And most important, have the courage
to follow your heart and intuition.”
For years, Professor [W. Page] Pitt headed the Department of Journalism at Marshall University.
Although he was offered salaries of two to three times what he made as a college professor,
Pitt’s first love was teaching journalism.
Pitt’s success is enviable because of the record he has made, but what is most remarkable about
Professor Pitt is that he accomplished all of this practically blind. When he was only five years
old, he lost 97 percent of his eyesight. Though almost blind... he played baseball, first base, catching
a low ball by the sound of it whistling through the grass. He played football as a second-string tackle.
He worked his way through college and graduate school....
When he became a professor, Page Pitt earned the reputation of being a “slave driver.”
But he also earned the reputation of being a top-notch professor. They did not come any better than Pitt.
One day, a somewhat thoughtless student asked the professor which he would consider
the worst handicap: blindness or deafness, or no arms and legs, or what?
There was a smoldering, ominous quiet... then Page exploded. “None of those things!
Lethargy, irresponsibility, lack of ambition, or desire: They are the real handicaps.
If I do not teach you anything but to want to do something with your lives,
this course will be a magnificent success!”
No one could challenge Pitt. Constantly he would growl at his students,
“You’re not here to learn mediocrities, you’re here to learn to excel.”
Harold J. Sala
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Pain is temporary.
It may last
or an hour,
or a day,
or a year,
it will subside
and something else
will take its place.
If I quit, however,