Originally presented at the OSU Community Engagement Conference the following is a transcript of Tony Staubach's presentation, "Catalyst for Compassion." Check out this inspirational message.
When my life comes to a close I wonder what stories they’ll tell. Will there be narratives of bravery in the face of adversity, stories of compassion in moments of trouble or quips about the funny things I said.
There’s no way to know exactly what history will report so, I must live my life in away so that everything is worthy of note.
Failure only comes to those who lack passion and love for the task at hand.
There is no success without passion. There is no love without understanding. There is no power without cooperation. The reality is that the greatest leaders are followers, playing a role in a successful system. The sun will rise tomorrow but, will you be here to enjoy that warmth?
There are three important elements I consider when trying to take a good, long distance picture. Stability, clarity and purpose.
First, to get a clear picture, I need to make sure that the camera is stable. So, I use a tri-pod.
Second, when I zoom in, the atmosphere tends to wash out the image. To see the image clearly, I need to take photographs on a clear day and use editing software to render a usable image.
My brand, is persistence.
I once thought my brand was perfection. But as I looked around I realized my life was far from perfect. It’s amazing for what I have but, far from perfect. As such, I am a poster child for blind optimism.
Sometimes we don’t have enough words to accurately describe what we mean or how we feel. Take for example the word pride. It’s tricky because it can be both a noun and a verb.
It can be about the resonance of feeling good about oneself, or it can be the indicator of the downfall of greatness. Pride is a tricky subject.
Time is fascinating. As a child, it feels unlimited; as a professional, it’s a harsh task master; and there comes a point in all of our lives when our own time ceases. It is a seemingly finite resource; yet, some people seem to have far more time than others.
I have always been fascinated with space. I enjoy thinking about how our solar system is like other scientific structures. For example, the earth orbits the sun and the sun orbits the center of our galaxy. And, on the surface this reminds me of the conceptual drawings of electrons circling the nucleus of an atom.