Academy Journal Volume 58 - Page 31

    of these challenges, you fail. Not too often, or too hard or too tragically. But only through failure or making mistakes, do you get to realize your full potential and what you are capable of. When the rubber meets the road, I hope you remember these words spoken by Christopher Robin to Pooh Bear: “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think”. In my life, it has been the overcoming of failures, surrounded by people who love and support me, that stick out as major accomplishments that I am most proud of. When you make a mistake, learn from it! Lick your wounds, but not for too long. Pick yourself up and figure out how to do the next right thing. Nothing will make you prouder of yourself than making decisions that will help you overcome ad- versity. Be grateful. Grateful for the lives you have lead up to this point. Grateful for