Happy Valentines Day! And congrats to L.A. Rams. A great game – that last drive was epic.
Most of you know our annual meeting is this Thursday. We are thrilled to welcome our keynote speaker, General Paul Nakasone – Commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, Director of the National Security Agency (NSA), and Chief of the Central Security Service.
There’s a story there…
40 years ago I was 18 years old, preparing to graduate from Woodbury High School and head off for an upcoming freshman year at the College of St. Benedict. No clue about a life plan. Four years later as I approached graduation, I was the co-cadet commander of my ROTC battalion, the Fighting Saints. I shared that rank with our keynote speaker and friend, Paul Nakasone (a graduate of White Bear Area High School). A rather serious, focused, smart young man, Paul always seemed to be certain about his path forward.
That intimidated me because I had no clue about my own life’s plan. I was a late starter. My progress largely was defined by: “in the absence of clarity, just do the next right thing.” As I did that, time and again the path forward would become clear.
Along the way and from a distance I’ve watched Paul’s professional career. In his journey is something for all of us to take away: regular, knowable people can do extraordinary things. Like Paul. Like you.
Speaking of extraordinary people, I’d like to introduce you to Kalyn Hove of Comcast. Listen to her interview on B’s Table Talk – and find out what 5 words she uses to describe her 2021. Hint: one of them is “Resilience”!
See you in the trenches.
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