What it takes

Posted: January 15, 2013 in Uncategorized
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220px-Sonia_Sotomayor_in_SCOTUS_robeSonia Sotomayor despite loosing her father at the young age of nine and being diagnosed with type one diabetes at the age of eight. Excelled in school and continued this path of excellence all the way to the supreme court. I would not have enough time to in this post to list all of the justice’s accomplishments. She has written an auto biography titled “My Beloved World” and well I haven’t read it this book is at the top of my “to read” list. Without listing all her accomplishments it should be noted that there are only 12 people who are supreme court justices in the United States of America and their word is basically law. She holds an office that is for life and un arguably one of the most powerful positions in the world.
James Earl Jones turns 82 years old in only two days and his accomplishments on stage and the silver screen are at Sonia Sotomayors too many to list in this post. James served in the Korean War as well as being a celebrated decorated thespian.
What do Sotomayor and Jones have in common besides adult success in their crafts?

Both have worked hard in childhood and adulthood to overcome and both were rewarded for their work.
In an interview with Sonia Sotomayor, the Justice discuss’ a turning point in her life and she describes it as a time when she realized she wanted gold stars. In her fifth grade class Sonia saw the teacher rewarding students for well done class work with a gold star and she wanted one. Instead of going to the teacher or her mother Sonia went to students receiving the gold stars and asked if that student would teach her how to study. This made all the difference. James Earl Jones spent his years in elementary and middle school as a mute. He had a stuttering problem and this caused him to not speak at school. Jones credits a high school English teacher with helping him overcome his stutter. Donald Crouch insisted that Jones recite a poem to the class every morning. Today James Earl Jones is known for a distinctive deep commanding voice.
Jones and Sotomayor are major success stories and their success came from the only place real success can come from. Their success came from within. Here in the United States and world-wide there seems to be a focus on entitlements, bail-outs, and government assistance. Most of these programs have a poor history of success. Instead of helping people leave poverty these programs usually work to maintain a status quo. When I think about the failure of entitlement programs I can’t help but recall a quote.. by the beautiful Audrey Hepburn
“Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, it’s at the end of your arm, as you get older, remember you have another hand: The first is to help yourself, the second is to help others.”
We should never be too proud to help others but when we do so we must remember we cannot change them true change can only come when someone helps themself.


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