Garcia greets schoolkids

Thursday, August 16, 2001 at 12:00am

Dear Students,

This can be a great year in your life. I do not know you, yet I know you have the skills, talents and abilities to be successful. You have mastered the three tasks that are, according to doctors, most difficult: to talk, to walk, and to read. You do these tasks daily, regularly, even without thinking.

Col. Sanders, at 65, used his first Social Security check to go out and sell his fried chicken recipe. He was rejected 1,009 times. The 1,010th time, a person agreed to buy his recipe. He never gave up. If he had been turned down again, he would have continued to 1,000 additional establishments. He did not allow failure to stop him.

Thomas Edison tried 9,000 times to create the light bulb. When asked, he just said,

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