LOOK FOR THE GOLD
During the 1920’s, one of the wealthiest people in America was a man named Andrew Carnegie. What was even more amazing was, not only was Mr. Carnegie wealthy, but at one time, Mr. Carnegie had several millionaires working for him.
One day he was asked why these people were so valuable to him that he paid them a million dollars to work for him. He said, “When these men came to work for me, they didn’t start off worth a million dollars. I built them up to that point.”
He went on to explain that you build men like a minor mines for gold. A miner will sift through tons of dirt to find a single gold nugget, but he doesn’t go in looking for the dirt. He looks for the gold!
What’s the point?- You build people by being a good finder. The lesson of Andrew Carnegie teaches us that we build people up by being a good finder. In order to build up our young people, or our children, we need to be a good finder. We need to constantly remind them of the good that is in them, and then get them to focus on it. We certainly don’t build up others by criticizing them, and focusing on the dirt or the negative. By getting others to focus on the good that’s within them, we increase their confidence which in turn gives them the expectation to become all they can be.
Mr. Soares began training in the martial arts at the age of 13 and shortly after graduating High School he earned his Black Belt. Mr. Soares opened a small karate club in 1992. In 1999 he went to serve in the Massachusetts Army National Guard for ten years. During that time Mr. Soares was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina as a Flight Medic. While there, in addition to his duties, he also taught self-defense to soldiers in his unit as well as soldiers from other countries. In 2011 he opened Lance Soares’ Family Martial Arts Center in New Bedford and has since served as its director and chief instructor. Mr. Soares is currently an 5th Degree Black Belt in the Parker system of Kenpo Karate.