Wednesday, June 16, 2021

"Going on one more round when you don't think you can, that's what makes all the difference." Sylvester Stallone


I look for good news and stories of inspiration.  May and June, the months of end-of-the-year closure and graduation, are excellent months to find such stories.  I found a great story online that inspired me. 

A  67 year old man in Madison, Wisconsin,  decided to get his GED. Charles Satterfield spent most of his time in Chicago.  He dropped out of high school, developed a drug problem, and enrolled in many programs for rehabilitation. He felt that his life had no purpose, until the birth of his first child. He thought about what he never finished - his high school education, and at age 65, he enrolled in classes at nearby Madison College to work toward his GED.  At the age of 67, Charles received his GED, and next semester, he begins his studies in the IT field, once again at Madison College. When most people are retiring, he is beginning a new life with a renewed purpose.

I admire Mr. Satterfield.  Going back to school after years of being out of school is a real challenge. Learning to study and time manage a family, job, and studies is not easy.  This story made me smile.  In today's society of "immediacy", Charles Satterfield is a man who waited for something a long time, then set a goal and worked toward it. He was Rocky Balboa - he went one more round.   I wish him much success. 

If you would like to know more about this story, here is a link:

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