After giving the presentation of my lifetime to a room full of my peers, we gathered around to watch the announcements of the award winners for the entire company.
I had really thought is was my year to take home the big prize. The GM Of The Year.
I had thought I deserved it. 6 straight years of positive sales growth. 1st in the Division, 2nd over all. Years of ingenuity and personal growth for not only myself but my entire team.
It would have put the feather in a capped to an amazing year long project of both personal and professional achievements.
As it became abundantly clear that my name was not going to be read, my head filled with disappointment.
I then began to think about Michael Irvin’s Hall of Fame Speech. And I realized that even though I’m going to be disappointed for a while, I will need to pick myself up, redouble my efforts, and never give up.
sat right here where you are last year and I watched the Class of 2006: And I said, Wow, that’s what a Hall of Famer is.
Certainly I am not that. I doubted I would ever have the chance to stand before you today. So when I returned home, I spoke with Michael and Elijah . I said, That’s how you do it, son. You do it like they did it. Michael asked, he said, Dad, do you ever think we will be there? And I didn’t know how to answer that. And it returned me to that threshing floor. This time I was voiceless, but my heart cried out. God, why must I go through so many peaks and valleys?
I wanted to stand in front of my boys and say, Do it like your dad, like any proud dad would want to. Why must I go through so much?
At that moment a voice came over me and said, Look up, get up, and don’t ever give up. You tell everyone or anyone that has ever doubted, thought they did not measure up or wanted to quit, you tell them to look up, get up and don’t ever give up.