Continue The Climb To Success

So what is the lesson? It’s simple. Chasing, engaging, and accomplishing personal success is only half the battle. The real challenge is sustaining it and staying happy after one has achieved it.

Pour On The Passion

I am an “old soul” in many ways. The other day, while listening to the oldies station on the radio, I heard the classic blues singer Keely Smith’s recording of “I Wish You Love.” Her rendition was—at the very least—stirring. Her passion just poured through the airwaves.

At the end of the song, I said to my wife, “Wow, they don’t record songs like that any more.”

She smiled and almost whispered, “Well, no one falls in love like that any more.”

I sat there, thinking about her words, and realized she was absolutely right. We humans have become so careful, so guarded, so shallow in many ways. It’s a bigger challenge than ever to sustain passion and accomplish a life worthy of applause.

But think about it, my friends—what better way is there than to spend a lifetime sustaining excellence and living as an example of someone who finds it wherever he or she goes.

Ron Ciancutti is the Purchasing Manager for Cleveland Metroparks. He is not on Facebook, but he can be reached at




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