Growing up in the small community of Lynchburg, west of Baytown, I was the youngest of three sons. I was only 5 years old when my brothers would host some sports spectacular events in our big front yard.Of course, when the teams were divided, I was usually the one that never got picked to be on any team because I was the smallest, I can tell you up front it was not a good feeling to be rejected and not be part of the team. At the early age of 5, I knew I never wanted to sit on the bench ever again in my life. The feeling was a sense of emptiness and it left a bad taste of rejection and defeat in my mouth. I hated and despised those feelings, and I made a decision at a young age that I would practice and work harder than the others to be a winner and above all make the team.
I put to practice some quality attributes early in life that I still embrace today. These genuine attributes are successful keys in anyone’s life. They certainly molded my life. The first attribute is attendance. No matter what you join in or become a part of, the most important key to success is being there. I’ve often said, if you are going to be on a team, you have to show up, and if you are going to be a leader, you must get out front and lead by example. I’ve also said that a person’s greatest ability is availability.