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Summer 1985 Exchange

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ADDRESSES 1985 Graduation Convocation Addresses Insights into the Human Character Lawrence L. Corry Resisting "the temptation to speak to the subject of how to achieve success in the 'real world,'" Amalgamated Sugar Company Executive Vice President Lawrence L. Corry told students completing their master's degrees that they "are already successful according to the most accurate definition of success, which is being on the path of progression." Corry went on to share some things he has learned, been exposed to, and that he has come to believe in over the past twenty or so years since he "sat where you now sit." "There are four broad categories of human characteristics in which most of these insights could be included: determination, reaction, patience, and service. Most importantly... we must remember to weave the thread of integrity through all that we do or all that we plan. There is absolutely no substitute for integrity." Discussing determination, Corry told the graduates that strong desire focused on worthy aims breeds determination. "You should plan a lot. Especially more important actions. But don't make everything you do fit a given plan. You must be the master of your plan, and allow much room for spontaneity. Often I have found that many things that are good for us and change our charted course for the better happen as flukes, rather than being planned." "Be interested in the entire scope of your business, not just that segment of which you are a part. Another way of saying that is be nosy about what others are doing, without being critical of how they do it. Ask questions, but not those questions that put others on the defense. "One of the best insights to share on this subject is the necessity of being detail-oriented. Many of you may say, 'But I'm not a detail person.' I challenge you to think of the one favorite hobby, pastime, or recreation that you may have. Do you not go into great detail in preparation for it or in the performance of it? There is much detail even in being a spectator of sports. ''A personal attribute greater than almost any other- that of self-esteem-can be the best motivator toward worthy determination. No matter how many failures we experience, we must work to hold ourselves in very high regard. Failures are often the steps to achievements, as paradoxical as that may seem. We must never give up on ourselves nor forget the value that we have, especially to others." Discussing the second characteristic, reaction, Corry told the students that they will face many things that they have not planned for, or were not wishing to have happen, or that are plain uncomfortable, harmful, or discouraging. "You should remember that it is not what happens to you that counts, but it is how you respond to what happens to you that really counts. ”We can just let life happen to us, or we can resiliently respond to life's episodes, and thus experience real living. If your reaction allows you to become a vital part of a situation, then at least one of the end results can always be your own satisfaction." The third characteristic spoken of was patience. Corry encouraged listeners to hold "an attitude of being available for something else, some other position or opportunity, without being discontent with that which you are currently doing. “Almost all of us have someone to whom we rep ort. You should treat the person who is over you as if he or she is as smart and as wise as you are. Being critical of your boss will not benefit you or anyone else. I believe someone once said, 'Control your desires, rather than desire to control.' We must always be cautious when we have the urge to control or direct others' lives. We can be a good influence, however, on others if we show that we can control our own desires. Now here's a catchy verse: Put up in a place where it is easy to see the cryptic admonishment T-T-T and when you feel how depressingly lowly you climb, it's well to remember that Things Take Time 10

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