Why does a high school wrestler have the top video spot on a money site? It is a nice story, a kid works hard and his school gets some cash. But that is not the moral of this story. Jake Kemerer is my nephew. What I have learned from watching him achieve the highest honors in his sport is; success always has a price. So often we want the success or the trappings of success but don’t want to pay full price. We want the good stuff, but we want it 50% off.
Making money requires the same discipline and passion you find in a top tier athlete. I have watched Jake work hard at his sport since he was in elementary school. He was a good little wrestler. In Junior High School, his skill rose to a new level. He was really good and showed the discipline and passion needed to stay on that trajectory. By the time Jake entered High School, those of us who have watched him over the years, had no doubt he would rise to the top level of his sport. He had grueling workouts and as people who follow the sport know, wrestlers count calories more closely than America’s Next Top Model. Supersizing meals, simply, is not possible when you need to make weight.
Today, many of us open 401k and other investment statements and wonder where the nest egg went. Career opportunities may appear to be thinning. We are realizing that creating wealth is not something that happens on autopilot. Creating, then maintaining wealth takes discipline, sacrifice and the determination to follow through even when the odds are against you. It is not luck. It is work. Like Jake, you have to really want it, or the effort won’t be worth it. But if you do want it, and you are willing to work hard in a disciplined way, there is money to be made. It may be through investments, it may be through generating higher income, but the brass ring is there for those brave enough and dedicated enough to go for it. – Mary Caraccioli
One Response to “Bragging Rights: The Back Story”
Dori Connolly Says:
March 18th, 2009 at 6:40 am
What a great story and an excellent correlation between this athletes discipline, sacrifice and committment and our own in handling finances during hard times.
The crowd bemoans the present economic situation pervading the country. The crowd sees no way out and throws their hands up.
The quiet, disciplined individual searches for answers and opportunities.
I congratulate you on a very practical and inspiring article.