How one colleague's failure to do the right thing became the benchmark for the four who followed—and the damage they left in their wake.

Long before Facebook came out with Timeline, I had created my own with a story called “FULL_CIRCLE.” In another twisted bit of irony, while I was working on it I thought that landing that dream job was the culmination of all of those pursuits–only to be smacked down just like how my journey began 25 years ago. I was robbed of something very important to me back then as well, but it turned out to be a great blessing in disguise. I have been building on those lessons ever since, but in all my years of unyielding zeal to accomplish my goals–the support of others has always been the cornerstone of my success.

Starting up a blog wasn’t even my idea–and I hesitated doing it. But upon reflection I decided to give it a whirl, and once I got going it became another mission in and of itself. The friend who planted the seed for the idea has been absolutely astounding in his support–sometimes turning me around on a dime with his stellar reasoning. But I cannot overstate the importance of the moral support from those who cheer me on mostly on the sidelines–and even their small suggestions are of monumental importance to me. It’s been this way for as long as I can remember being on this adventurous journey of self-discovery–people stepping up to share their brilliance in one way or another. I hope I can return the favor someday, because no amount of praise can do justice to what these people have injected into my existence.

Thank you for reading–and I very much appreciate your curiosity and concern!

Richard W. Memmer

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“One must have the adventurous daring to accept oneself as a bundle of possibilities and undertake the most interesting game in the world: Making the most of one’s best.” — Harry Emerson Fosdick


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