Vail Valley Partnership celebrates the bright side Feb. 5 |

Vail Valley Partnership celebrates the bright side Feb. 5

Here’s some food for thought today:Promise yourselfTo be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet. To make all your friends feel that there is something in them. To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.To think only of the best, to work only for the best and expect only the best. To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own. To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile. To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others. To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble. Promise yourself these things. – Christian D. Larson (1912)Friday night at the 7th Annual Vail Valley Success Awards Gala, I will have the distinct honor and privilege of recognizing six area businesses that represent the best our valley has to offer. Of course, it is not really the businesses we honor, but the people who lead them, run them and take them to their hearts 24/7/365. In trying to find commonality among these leaders and workers I submit the thoughts above, expressed so concisely and clearly by Christian Larson, an influential philosopher and teacher who wrote near the turn of the 20th century and who believed that “people have tremendous latent powers, which could be harnessed for success with the proper attitude.” His words have had an impact on many – Optimist International adopted this creed in 1922.Larson was an optimist, as I believe are our award winners this year. These folks, as is obvious by their success in their chosen endeavors, find a way to channel positive energy and enthusiasm into problem-solving, leadership, forward vision, encouragement and just plain hard work. The result is nothing short of victory. They inspire me. They reinforce in me the idea that persistence, tenacity, courage and fair play will triumph. I admire them. If you can’t attend this wonderful event, which, by the way, will acknowledge the Vail Valley Salvation Army as the “Non-Profit of the Year,” earning them a portion of the evening’s proceeds, I encourage you to read this newspaper on Saturday and discover the other winners. Among our 700 members from Denver to Glenwood Springs, who strive for excellence and to make livelihoods for thousands of people here, these six are this year the best of the best. Congratulations to all these fine individuals and enterprises. May we suggest to all of you who live, work and play in this wonderful place, that it’s these very Vail Valley Partnership members who do their best every day to make it so. When you visit an area business, look for the Partnership’s member sticker in the window. It’s a good sign.Event update• Feb. 5, 6 – 11 p.m., The Lodge at Vail: Seventh Annual Gala and Success Awards . For tickets contact Michelle Kobelan, 970-477.4001 or• Feb. 9, 5:30 – 7 p.m., The Antlers Lodge: Ask the Experts: Internet Marketing. Partnership members only.• Feb. 17, 7:30 – 8:30 a.m., The Dusty Boot, Eagle: Return of the Breakfast Scrambler, with networking and a lead exchange to follow until 9:30 a.m. Partnership members only.• March 17, 5 – 7 p.m., Business After Hours Mixer, Euro Bath & Tile, Traer Creek Plaza, Avon. Partnership members only.

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