Monday Motivation: Always give your personal best

“Allow me to quote one of your favorite political figures, Richard Nixon,” Sebastian continued. “God knows I’ve heard you say it enough times.”
Robbie tilted his head curiously as he looked at Sebastian. “All right,” he said with amusement. “Go ahead.”
“What was it he said at the farewell address from the White House?” Sebastian asked. “‘Always give your best. Never get discouraged. Never be petty,’” he said in his best Nixon voice, jiggling his jowls at the end for effect.
Robbie nodded and finished, “‘And always remember, others may hate you, but those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself.’”
Sebastian smiled. “Nixon was right about one thing there. Always give your best, Robbie. You have to give your best, even if you’re the underdog or on the losing side. If you don’t give your best, if you don’t do the best job you can, you’re gonna damage your own pride and self-confidence. Be proud of a job well done, whether you win or lose. If, at the end of the day, Carlos loses the campaign or this thing with the law firm doesn’t pan out, at least you can look back and say you gave it your personal best—that you put forth your best effort.”

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Monday Motivation: You have to make things happen!

“Hey, remember that girl at Coastal, the one you wanted to hook up with? The one who wouldn’t give you the time of day?”
Robbie smiled. “Boy, that narrows it down,” he teased.
Sebastian laughed and shook his head. “I think it was a statistics class,” he said. “Remember when I told you if you wanted things to happen with her, you had to make them happen? That you couldn’t just
wait around and hope for it? You had to take the initiative and go get it.”
“Yeah, I remember that,” Robbie agreed.
“And did you get the girl?” Sebastian asked curiously.
Robbie nodded. “Yeah.”
“It’s the same concept, Robbie,” Sebastian continued. “In business, things aren’t just always going to come to you. Sure, sometimes you step in dog shit, but that’s rare. You’ve got to take the bull by the horns and make something happen. Sometimes you have to find a way.”

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Thursday Thoughts: Perception is reality

“Robbie, you don’t have much in common with your generation now, and I doubt you ever will. I doubt they’ll ever catch up to you.”

“But I’m still a good guy,” Robbie said defensively. “I just wish they’d get to know me. I can be really fun to hang out with.”

“Yes, but they don’t know that,” Sebastian countered. “They have a different perception about you, and their perception is their reality, whether it’s real or not.”

Robbie tilted his head to express his curiosity at the assertion. “All right,” he said. Then, as if sensing there was more to the story, he prompted, “Go ahead. I’m listening.”

“First, you know you’re not going to be like most of the other students,” Sebastian said. “You’re not going to change what you wear and how you live your life.”

“No,” Robbie agreed. “I know I’ll never fit in with them.”

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