Today, I have a success story to share.
Two days ago, the college newspaper I advise was named best college newspaper in the state. That's right, IN THE STATE.
The competition was fierce. Our little paper, which has been the brunt of jokes for years and with an operating budget one-tenth or so of the larger state universities, seemed an impossible competitor.
Yet, we won.
How? Because we believed we could win. Armed with that belief this year, we jumped into action, studying previous winners, emulating the best of the best, and then performing our best, issue after issue, sometimes working as late as 5 a.m. during layout sessions. Student editors, newly inspired and infused with the belief they could win, inspired their writers toward success.
Our "secret" winning formula looked something like this:
Success = Belief + Action
Sure, in the background, I was slowly, steadily applying pressure. Because in the words of General George Patton: "Pressure makes diamonds."
We were diamonds in the rough. We were underdogs. We were "the little engine that could." We were defined by all those cliches meant to describe a meteoric rise to the top.
Now we're the one to beat.