Tow Professional

VOL6 ISS1 2017

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When I was young, I had a very bad speech impediment. For some of you, that is hard to believe because I spend so much time speaking for a living. When I was young playing in the yard, my very UNHELPFUL neighbor told me, "You will NEVER be like your brother, John." John was a brilliant guy and had a choice of 27 scholarships to college, was President of the student body at his high school and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the Naval Academy. He spoke and wrote Russian and entered the space program after attending the Naval Academy. All my teachers reinforced my prob- lem by telling me that I was a "slow learn- er" because of my speech. My eleven brothers and sisters spoke for me. To add to my embarrassment, I carried a small pad to write down what I wanted, where I lived, etc. I could not play little league baseball because no one could under- stand me. Back then they called my con- dition, Lazy Tongue. I grew up with peo- ple putting labels on me. Terrible labels like, "dumb", "slow", and even "retarded". I was never retarded, but I definitely had a speech problem. People can be mean, and I ran into lots of mean people at church, Cub Scouts and schoolmates Don't let people put labels on you. My desire is to start this year with articles that will help all of us grow…including me. If we can improve our thinking, we can improve our lives. To those of you that think I'm too old, think again. I won't allow it. You shouldn't allow any nega- tives in your lives that could stick either. Let me tell you a similar story that hap- pened years ago, it will help us in 2017. The legendary Coach, Dale Brown of the LSU basketball team, tells of times he was speaking to a group of soldiers at a military base in California. When he was done speaking, a young man came up to him who stood nearly seven feet tall and weighed around 250 pounds. "Coach Brown", the young man said, "I want to try out for our basketball team, but I can't dunk the basketball! I can barely jump. When I run up and down the court, both of my legs tire out so quickly that I can only play a few minutes." As the coach gazed up at the young man from his head down to the size sev- enteen shoes, he asked "How long have you been in the military, Son?" With a quick response, the young man answered, "I'm not in the military Coach. My father is. I'm thirteen years old." Coach Brown was immediately intrigued and decided to take this young man under his wing. When Coach got back to Louisiana, he sent this young kid to his training program. He told the kid it would strengthen his legs and increase his endurance. Three months went by before Coach received a letter from the young man giv- ing him an update on his present circum- stances. It seemed that the young man had been faithful by spending hours working out in the gym and weight rooms. However, the update wasn't what Coach was expecting. The young man's basketball coach had just cut him from the team, saying that he was TOO big, TOO slow, and TOO clumsy. He further reiterated that his basketball coach assumed he would never be able to play basketball. That is what I call having neg- ative labels stuck to you. That young man had a decision to make. Was he willing to make a decision Fu l hough B y D . J . H a r r i n g t o n , C S P 1 Tow Professional | Volume 6 • Issue 1 | Can we please get rid of labels?

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