“I prepared a speech for tonight, but I believe I’ll get away from the paper this evening. To me and, I’m sure, your family and friends, this means be-lieving in your unfolding future and aspiring in the direction of your passion to achieve your dreams. This is your destiny! This sets the course of your journey to greatness and success in your quest to achieve excellence.
I read a great definition of success the other day. Success is the progressive realization of a worthy idea and deliberately moving toward your goal, believing it is possible to win. Earl Nightingale put it this way: “We are all self-made but only the successful will admit it.”
We must understand that our limitations are self-imposed. An old African proverb says, “If there’s no enemy within, the enemy without can do us no harm.” Noting this, we must control our thoughts if we are to control our lives. Let no one turn you away from your destiny.
I’ll leave you with this, a quote from one of the greatest speakers of his era, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “If you can’t fly, run; if you can’t run, walk; if you can’t walk, crawl; but keep moving toward your destiny.”
Thank you and congratulations to the Aspire class of 2019!”
Leon Edwards graduated from my class in 2013. He entered Sinclair Community College and graduated with an associate degree in music. He is currently enrolled at Wright State Univer-sity working toward a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership and is on track to graduate in 2020. He plans to continue his studies in a master’s program. This year he was nominated for the National Honor Society. Leon is also involved with the Dayton Boys and Girls Club as a mentor, assisting in the development of higher education for our future leaders.
-Paula Profeta, Instructor