“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.” – Helen Keller
While it has been a tremendous honor to serve PPRS this year, it would be dishonest to say I am not relieved to see the conclusion of my term as President on the horizon.
After launching a new website at the end of last year, the 2020 PPRS leadership team began this year with ambitious goals. Only that short time ago, no one could have anticipated the challenges ahead.
Yet, growth is not possible without adversity. It is only by risking failure that we earn the opportunity to succeed. That is what PPRS is to me: the potential for personal and professional progress.
When I accepted my first committee role a decade ago, I was a scared, unseasoned communicator with a limited skill set. Through my volunteer work I have gained invaluable experience in our field, forged lifelong friendships, and had the privilege to lead this terrific organization through one of the most turbulent times in its 70-year history. It has been a labor of love. I only hope I rose to the occasion.
As you consider your future, I encourage you to strengthen your character by volunteering to lead a PPRS committee next year. It may seem like a big commitment, but – I promise you – the investment pays dividends.