This past Saturday, our community opened our new library.
By itself, that's a wonderful thing, but for me it's the culmination of nearly six years of focused work that has taken most of my free time, at not insignificant cost. The team that made it happen is extraordinary-- the board, the contractors, the artists and the architects. It's truly a beautiful place, and there is a beautiful community feel to it already. I'm as proud of it as anything I've had the opportunity to work on. Because as Victor Frankl wrote that "What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him." I was brought up to believe that to those whom much is given, much is expected, and service above self was both a family value, and certainly the expectations of a life in uniform. For the past six years this has been a goal worthy of the effort, and it's been an honor to work to bring it to fruition.
It's a big month for everyone.
Graduations. The end of Q2. The start of summer. A change in rhythms and in plans. Come back to The Grit Factor when you need to ground yourself again. Meanwhile, if you're looking for a gift for the graduate you know, or inspiration for yourself, I put together a short Grad Stack to consider. Of course Paths 2 Purpose is an amazing gift as well.
The Grit Factor podcast episode with LtGen Reynolds is LIVE! LtGen Reynolds, of the U.S. Marine Corps, offers advice at every level for leaders, no matter what your experience. She's a true trailblazer, and this is one to listen to now!
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— Turbonomics (IBM), 2022