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Vision, Resiliency, and Commitment                                          July 2005
When you have a dream and a vision that is bigger than you, you must be prepared for the inevitable obstacles, defeats and challenges along the way.

Since embarking on this path of entrepreneurship and working toward my big-picture vision as "Champion-of-the-Underdog," life has continued to get in the way and tested my resolve in ways I could never have anticipated. The best laid plans have had to be adjusted, cash flow inconsistency has threatened my survival, insulin and diabetes management have had to be addressed, and I have learned what it means to be patient - to do whatever it takes to keep the dream alive.

Yet by some miracle, some knowing deep in my heart, I am still here and more inspired than ever to continue sharing "stories of the underdog" with the world and championing those who dare to be extraordinary!

Japanese proverb

I am inspired by the great underdog stories like that of Colonel Sanders, who got 1009 "no's" before he got a "yes" to his chicken recipe. Here was a man of great vision who started the Kentucky Fried Chicken empire after his retirement at age 65 and who became one of the most famous figures in the history of advertising!

Annette Blenkarn I am inspired by the local underdog stories like that of Annette Blenkarn, a 24-year-old female racecar driver who has been pursuing a pro racing career in spite of being from a small town and humble circumstances. She has had to overcome more obstacles and disappointments than most of us could conceivably imagine, yet remains one of the most determined and positive people it has been my privilege to know.

I am inspired by great entrepreneurial stories like that of Brian Scudamore, the founder of 1-800-GOT-JUNK? who started his business with $700 and an idea to franchise junk removal when everyone thought he was crazy. The company is now "BC's Best Company to Work For" and has grown to 157 franchises across the continent. And he's only 35!
Brian Scudamore

The common thread among all great underdog stories is the power of their vision and the willingness to blaze their own trail, in spite of overwhelming odds stacked against them. They have endured financial hardship and ridicule, yet they are the ones we look up to and admire because they dared to be great.

Whatever your big dream is, know that it takes guts to be different and the path to greatness is not for the faint of heart. Nor does it ever go according to plan! But I believe what you discover about yourself in the journey and the difference you make to inspire others goes beyond whatever outcome you ultimately achieve.

Dare to be extraordinary!

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