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CF On The Daily: Dreams And Realities


Three Tips to be Successful in Work and Life

  • January 14, 2016
A Message from Major League Baseball Player, Paul Byrd

The mission of ShamRockin’ for a Cure is to raise funds to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the fight against cystic fibrosis. But the outcomes of the work we do, go WAY beyond raising millions of dollars. ShamRockin’ has become a family of soldiers, united in a fight, who support each other, learn from each and GROW with each other.

This week, we got together at one our favorite joints, Olde Blind Dog, to catch up, announce some ShamRockin’ business and learn from a real pro. Paul Byrd, former major league baseball pitcher and current inspirational speaker, joined us for the evening to share what he has learned on the field and in his life. His words touched greatly on what we do as an army and left quite an impact with us so we thought we would share them with you!

“Successful people see roadblocks as fun challenges.”

If this isn’t the definition of a ShamRocker than we don’t know what is! From the beginning, the Guineys saw a challenge – a cystic fibrosis diagnosis for their friends’ young boys, Gavin and Jake – and created a fun and incredible way to fight with the very first ShamRockin’ for a Cure.
We continue this method of approach with every detail of ShamRockin’. Whatever challenge presents us, we ready and excited to conquer it!

“If you want to stand out, stop complaining.”

In the workplace, at home, with friends – complainers are lurking and can be a buzzkill wherever you go. Ever notice how you are drawn to certain people? You WANT to be around them because they’re happiness is contagious. But so if the complaining spirit. If you want to be that glowing person, Paul suggests this: “Stop complaining.”
You can still hate traffic or have a bad day but once you start rejoicing in all the things that go RIGHT, your entire perspective on life will change for the better!

“Be thankful.”

Paul gave the most poignant example when he told a story about when a homeless man was asked to list all that he was grateful for in his life. Try this yourself. You might come up with the standard: family, friends, health, career, etc. but what number do you stop at? Maybe 20-25 bullet items.

The man who lived out of a cardboard box and had no idea where or when his next meal might be, listed close to 150 things he was thankful for! He was thankful for great things like waking up in the morning to the smallest of things like a chirping bird overhead.

We have SO much to be thankful for in our ShamRockin’ army. We are thankful for our community, sponsors, supporters, volunteers, we could go on and on, but most of all we’re thankful for YOU.

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