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Love What You Do – Every Day

8/16/2010

One of the most important things in a successful career is to love what you do – every day. This is according to Kevin Wendt, Editor of the Huntsville Times; who spoke today at the Annual Drake State in-service. Wendt was asked to speak to the group of educators and staff members to share his view on succeeding in a challenging and quickly changing industry. The message was quite simple from the thirty-two year old editor: love what you do every day and others will notice.

Wendt provided insight into how teamwork and dedication influence each and every aspect of the newspaper. These principles can easily be translated into any organization which requires members of different departments to work cohesively to achieve a common vision. He emphasized that those who love their jobs and are dedicated to succeeding don’t have to be asked to stay that extra hour longer, they just do it. One example of the stories he shared was in relation to the events which occurred on September 11. Wendt was living in California at the time so it was 6 am local time when the call came to his home. When he picked up the phone, his first thought was that President Regan had passed away. Without much detail or conversation, he threw on his clothes and headed to the office. It wasn’t one of those “what now” thoughts that could have interrupted his sleep, but instead “what do I need to do?” situations. This is the thought process which comes natural to those who love what they do.

Each semester, the faculty and staff at Drake State gathers for a day of planning and training to prepare for the upcoming semester. It is a time to reflect on the past year and prepare for the upcoming year. Drake State will begin registration for its 49th year of service to the Huntsville community on Tuesday, August 17 with new student orientation. Fall classes begin on August 23rd.

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