Learning to work hard and never give up is a quality that I inherited from my Dad. At ninety-six, he still walks up and down the hills of Lake Oswego, Oregon. He believes his continual physical activity is solely responsible for his health being damn good for a man of his age. Periodically, I remind him that he has good genes too. Occasionally, he even still plays golf. He is officially the oldest playing member of his golf and country club. On my last visit at the beginning of February, he did admit to slowing down a little for the first time ever. We took a nice roots trip, driving to the town of Tillamook situated on the Oregon coast, where his widowed mother raised him and his sister. Evidently, his German father died in the flu epidemic of 1918. His hard work on a friend’s farm, in school, and selling cars from the age of 16 when he graduated from high school. Finally working until age 20 selling cars, he was able to attend Oregon State University in 1936. He spent 45 years working for Allis Chalmers then Siemens-Allis. He worked hard all his life. He taught me the meaning of hard work, persistence and never giving up.
I had a dream of becoming of a psychologist (Ph.D.) and became one. I had a dream of running a hundred miles then I ran it. I had a dream of helping orphans and I do it. I had a dream of becoming a writer then I became one. After 16 1/2 years from my original book proposal, I signed with a great book agent for my book to be published so another dream continues … Follow your dreams by never giving up.