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One of my heroes is a gentleman by the name of Glenn Shepard. Now if you have never heard of Glenn, I believe it is time you were introduced.

Glenn is a highly respected professional speaker and a prolific author, sought after around the world. Ten years ago he started writing a weekly newsletter entitled “Work is Not for Sissies,” and every week he offers great advice on any number of subjects, most of which are related to folks just like you or me who write him with a question with which they are struggling to find an answer.

Glenn believes in order for us to live peacefully with others, we must have a deep respect for law and order, as well as a willingness to treat people as you wish to be treated. Sounds simple, right? Guess what, it isn’t. It seems that many people subscribe to the idea that rules are meant for everyone else, not them. Just about now, you are thinking that you would never do that, so stop, and think about most of your actions in the past week. Have you recently bucked a line just so you could get to the front of the line sooner, without consideration of those of whom you chose to jump in front? Your reasoning may have been that you needed to get home quickly because you were running late.

How about how you reacted to somebody who cut you off in traffic? Maybe it is a co-worker or neighbor you dislike simply because they seem to have very little regard for their fellowman? You see, most of us, at times, do things with little to no regard for those around us. There are so many opportunities for failure in today’s society, and Glenn offers answers on how to deal when confronted with life issues.

Whatever the problem, Glenn always offers advice on how we should live our lives and how to deal with those who choose not to treat others with respect. I have always found his responses well thought out and very helpful. By the way, should you feel a need to learn more about Glenn, web-search the name Glenn Shepard, and the search will yield a wealth of information.

Another on my list of heroes is our South Carolina Senator Tim Scott. Here is a man who just happened to be born into a very poor, but proud and honest, family in a very run-down section of Charleston, South Carolina. Tim was struggling in school but just happened to meet a gentleman who operated a local Chick-fil-A restaurant who saw something in Tim.

It was through his tutoring that Tim was able to see another need for getting an education, which has enabled him to succeed. Senator Scott recently made this statement regarding his early years, “When I was growing up, my grandfather (now 93 years old) would hold up the newspaper at breakfast every morning, much like a doctor or lawyer might do, hoping that a young boy would see the value of getting an education.”

Why was this important to Senator Scott? Simply because at that time, his grandfather could not read. You see, one may never fully know or understand how our actions might change lives. So, my question to you is this, who are your heroes?

We have heroes come through our door on a daily basis. Many choose to become members of your Newberry County Chamber of Commerce. Don’t you think it is time for you to visit us?

Why not stop by and let either Liz, Michelle, or me tell you of the many benefits enjoyed by Chamber members. If you cannot stop, simply call 276-4274. We look forward to hearing from you.

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