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ONE OF MY most special possessions is a photograph

of my eldest son and daughter. It’s 6 9 inches and not

even framed—one of things I just haven’t gotten to—but I

always have it near at hand to remind me of my responsibility

to these innocent, beautiful, complex, challenging, and different

children I have brought into the world. The photograph

was not posed, and it absolutely didn’t catch them at

their “cheesecake” best, but it did capture the beautiful innocence

in their eyes—the innocence that only a child can possess.

I look at this picture often when child rearing becomes

challenging because it reminds me that whatever difficulty they

are experiencing, my job is to help guide them through it.

What better examples can we give our children than the

opportunity to learn through the lives of others? In today’s

world, kids are constantly exposed to the “dark side,” and,

with all due respect to Darth Vader, I prefer to teach my children

from the best in life.

The stories you are about to read were written by “living

legends” and “eminent achievers.” Each describes how he or

she reached the height of success. Each has accomplished

great things; each has overcome obstacles; and, most importantly,

each has never given up. Superstardom is not easy to

achieve in any field, but these people have done it.

As you’ll see, these stories are inspirational because they

illustrate each person’s tenacity and dedication to excellence.

At the same time, we learn that superstars are people just like

you and me, and just like our children. I look up to each and

every one of them. I have learned from all of them. I think you

will, too.