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A graduation message

Dr. Drew Werner

EAGLE COUNTY – It may seem like a long time coming, or perhaps just the blink of an eye. Nevertheless, you have worked hard and accomplished much to have walked across that graduation stage. A good job well done!As with any great ending, however, this is marks a new beginning. In your case, the challenge is to make the sequel even better than the original. If you can persist with my ramblings, I would like to challenge you to consider why you have come so far. Look around at your peers and at those who have gone before you. Some have had great success, although none beyond their dreams, for it is truly our dreams,which carry us far. Others are still finding their road and a few seem to struggle forward and backward. What is common to those who have achieved their goals and succeeded in their endeavors are three simple things.Whether playing sports, sitting in a classroom, working at your job or simply striving to be a better person, these three things assure success. Can you think of them? Excelling in sports is an easy example, but the recipe for success pertains for all you do. The first ingredient for success is to work hard. That sounds simple, but it means working hard all the time. That is the challenge. It means not giving up or settling for second best.The second key is to get help. That does not mean letting someone else do the work for you, but getting help to overcome the obstacle that cannot be overcome alone. As simple as a suggestion, as much as a strong back to move a heavy load, remember you are never alone. The most difficult part of this second ingredient is acknowledging you need help and having the fortitude to ask for it.The third ingredient is simple and obvious, but perhaps the most difficult of all. Practice. No athlete has ever succeeded in his or her sport without tireless practice and any great success is the same. In school, practice is homework. That doesn’t sound so bad. At work it might be taking an extra course, reading about a new development or just putting in your time as an apprentice before that practice gains you your master status. It is no coincidence that what I do is called the practice of medicine!When you struggle, as everyone does, look back and see which ingredient is faltering. Renew your zeal and work hard, ask for help when you need it and keep practicing always.Whether on to a career, college, high school or the next grade congratulations, and best wishes for your future. Dr. Drew Werner of the Eagle Valley Medical Center writes a weekly column for the Daily. He encourages health questions. Write him by e-mail to editor@vaildaily.com or c/o Editor, Vail Daily, P.O. Box 81, Vail, 81658.Vail, Colorado

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