Thursday, October 05, 2006

The Early Bird Gets the Worm, Right?

There’s nothing like starting your day early. And by early, I mean early. Today I woke at 4:15 am, made it to the airport by 5:15 and caught a flight from Kansas City to Chicago that landed at 7:30 am. The early morning wake-up was well worth it.

I was here in plenty of time to watch my editor, Pam Kufahl, present our Lifetime Achievement Award to the king of the industry himself, Rick Caro. Rick knows the industry so well and is so well respected that we were thrilled to give him the award.

For the presentation he spoke briefly about the history of the industry and his role in the foundation of the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA). He also delighted the crowd by donning the “symbolic” cowboy hat that the IHRSA board gave him years ago.

Rick’s words of wisdom? “If you can find an industry for which you have a passion for, that’s a win. If you can find an industry for which you can make a living at and have a passion for, then that’s a double win. If you find an industry in which you’ve made life-long friends, have a passion for and can make a living at, then that’s a triple win. Thank you for giving me a triple win.”

Now that advice is worth waking up for. --Jennipher Shaver

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