KAT Construction Aug 2017

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A Family of Outdoorsmen

For most of my high school days, I was a pretty typical student. I wanted to socialize more than I wanted to work. Nothing much really grabbed me. Instead, I coasted by, putting in the minimal effort required to stay under the radar of my teachers and parents. Learning Motivation The Mentors That Teach Us Drive and Passion

That is, until Dr. Meyers, the school chemistry professor, approached me and asked if I wanted to join his upcoming Advanced Placement chemistry class. I have to say, when he came to me I was surprised but also a little proud. For a minute I thought that maybe I was one of the “smart kids.”

Looking back, he was the first teacher in high school who saw some inkling of potential in me. I have little doubt that his influence spurred me to take a more motivated path in life. My oldest son heads back to business school this month, and I guess my own school days are on my mind. He’s been working for me this summer, along with my younger son, and doing an excellent job. Just last month, I

I found out the following semester that he had just been canvassing in order to find enough

students to get the AP class going, but by that point it didn’t matter. I was already invested in the class, fascinated by the challenging intricacies of chemistry. The higher expectations of the AP course inspired me to go far beyond my normal interest in school, and I did well in the class despite it being much more difficult than the rest of my coursework.

got an email from a customer praising my oldest for his professionalism and useful product knowledge. I forwarded it to him. It’s not every day somebody sends an email to a boss telling them how fantastic their salesperson is!

pushed them to greater things like Dr. Meyers did with me. I hope my dedication to working hard has had some impact on them, though I have to point to my wife when I see their successes. Regardless of how it happened, I’m proud of my three boys. All of them are eager to take care of themselves and deeply motivated to get themselves to the position in life that they’ve imagined, with as little outside help as possible. Though I’m certainly willing to give any help they might need along the way, I respect their independent spirits.

“Looking back, he was the first teacher in high school who saw some inkling of potential in me. I have little doubt that his influence spurred me to take a more motivated path in life. ”

Dr. Meyers was a quiet guy and probably an unremarkable chemistry geek to everybody else, but he was always kind and welcoming to me.

Sometimes, when I look at the self-reliant, driven attitude of my kids, I’m amazed that they turned out so well. I wonder which teachers in their lives have

–Keith Thompson

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