Get Off Your Knees
A Story of Faith, Courage, and Determination
Publication Year: 2009
Published by: Syracuse University Press
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It took a great friend to make me realize that I am an inspiration to others. There were many instances in college or early in my sales career when I’d be walking to class or out on a sales call and people would stop me...
Going for a Test Drive
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Serenity is not possible for expecting parents. We may look calm on the outside to the uninitiated, but we are terrified of the unknown. There are hundreds of questions: How will I be able to support a new life? Will my child become a good person?...
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As a young priest, my father spent almost as much time entertaining guests at home as he did preaching in church. Most of these visitors were other priests or friends of the church, and it was not uncommon for them to spend the night at our home...
Running on Faith
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Faith runs deep throughout my life. Faith in God, faith in myself, and faith in mankind have all come together to make me the person I am today. Chief among them has been my faith in God, which I inherited from my father and a family of preachers...
Learning How to Prioritize
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My mom and dad treated me as any parent would a normal, healthy young boy. I received no preferential treatment; I was expected to perform my chores, do my homework, and go to bed when they asked. At the same time, I was encouraged to play ball...
Stand Up and Be Seen
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Most high school seniors receive word of their future college destination via the mail, usually in the form of a very large envelope. I was pulled out of assembly and told I had been accepted to Syracuse University. I’m sure my dad’s cousin Daniel Willett...
Fueling My Competitive Drive
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Like any first-time parent, my father had a mental image of what his son or daughter would look like, what he or she would be growing up, and what they’d accomplish. If he had a boy, he’d want him to be more athletic and competitive than he was...
Turning Obstacles into Opportunities
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One challenge that is difficult for me is describing to a potential client how I look. “I stand only three feet nine inches tall. I was born without my arms (including hands) from the elbows down. My legs formed without my upper thighs and corresponding bone structure...
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There are a few things I’ve come to accept regarding my physical disability: (1) I’m never again going to ride a roller coaster (once is enough), (2) I’ll never be taller than my children again, and (3) I’m going to make quite a first impression on people...
Listening Is Learning
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My boss at WSTM-NBC3 in Syracuse, Bob Eckel, used to say to me, “John, you should have stayed in the family business.” He said I had a gift for talking, listening, and empathizing with whatever the situation was, all characteristics of a good priest...
How to Deal with Rejection
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Unless you have a very thick skin, it can be hard to stay excited about selling. There is constant rejection. It is the very nature of sales. There are thousands of sales trainers—that is, counselors—needed to help you stay focused on the goals ahead...
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It was inevitable. The family gathered upstairs in the laundry room where, on the wall, pencil markings recorded the steady growth of our three children: Haydon, Ariel, and Owen...
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The first time I recall seeing John was in the first floor gaming area in the lobby at Sadler Hall on Syracuse University’s campus. He was wearing a Pittsburgh Steelers Bubby Brister jersey, number 6, and smoking a cigar. Very uncool, I thought...
Page Count: 168
Illustrations: 20 black and white illustrations
Publication Year: 2009