PHJ press release by: Jessica Hein
World-renowned motivational speaker Rick Rigsby, Ph.D., challenged attendees of the 2013 APHA Convention to make a lasting impact in their lives. Acknowledging the challenges imposed on the horse industry by the economic downturn, Rick preached that the association’s best days lie ahead—if members are willing to change their mindset and make an impact, rather than merely an impression.
“Great people don’t quit. Great people don’t give up. Great people don’t allow situations, circumstances to determine whether or not they’re going to give up or quit. Great people figure out a way to persevere and keep going, no matter what,” Rick said. “Live your life so you make an impact in your community, association and the world. Shallow, superficial people fade, but people who make an impact stay.”
Delivering a passionate speech based on his book, Lessons from a Third-Grade Dropout, Rick shared five pieces of wisdom learned from his father, cited as the wisest person Rick has ever met. Among the gems of timeless advice are:
1. Don’t judge.- It’s human nature to take judgment upon others without getting to know someone—that eliminates any opportunity to learn from them, which puts a limit on your ability to grow.
2. Be an hour early, rather than a minute late.- Live a more disciplined life so you can live more freedoms of life. Modeling good behavior and discipline impacts others and puts you in a position to help somebody else.
3. Kindness is never lost.- Kindness used to be a value; now, it’s more often used as a bartering tool to get what you what. George Washington Carve said, “When common people do common things in uncommon ways, they command the attention of the world.”
4. Help people.- You’re never too good to help others.
5. If you’re going to do a job, do it right.- Baseball Hall of Famer Ozzy Smith once said, “Good enough isn’t good enough if it can be better. And better isn’t good enough if it can be best.” Let that be your motto going forward.
“Great people don’t quit,” Rick said. “They keep standing, no matter what they see or go through.
“It doesn’t matter how long you live; what matters is how you live. Tell the truth, do what you say you’re going to do, be kind to others and do a job with the greatest effort possible. If you do that, you’ll leave the next generation with something your grandparents left you: wisdom on how to make an impact, not just an impression.”