The “Will to Win.”

Throughout my life, I’ve always been constantly on the move, chasing goals and trying to better myself each and every day. By the time I achieve one goal, I’ve already set another and begun to hunt it down. Thus there have been few times in life when I have “stopped to smell the roses” – when I have been able to put aside all financial, personal, or professional stress and simply enjoy the moment.  The first time was the birth of my sister’s first child. The second was my wedding day. Now, I’m eagerly trying to achieve the third.

Sometimes along the way, the stress of life distracts me and I’m tempted to lose sight of the road I traveled to get here. Fortunately, little reminders find their way to my attention. These reminders bring me back to center and re-iterate that my financial, personal, and professional sacrifices are for a greater purpose – to improve the lives of others. By improving the lives of others, we ultimately improve our own life. Below is one such reminder I’d like to share, an email I recently received from an old client who, after a successful D1 athletic career, is now pursuing corporate excellence in New York City. He will do well – because that’s what SP alumni do. We win – in sport, in family, and most importantly, in life. Congratulations to you and thank you for all you taught me as well.

Joe,

I hope all is well and you had a great summer! I have been following Stadium Performance and it seems to be really taking off. I am very happy for you. I know how hard you have worked and I could not be more excited for your success.

I know it has been a while since we really spoke but I am writing to you today to say thank you. As I came and worked with you after high school it was a really critical point for me. I was just coming into my own and really starting to understand what hard work meant. I am so grateful to have had the time that I had working with you. You taught me a lot about working hard. However, what I found most helpful looking back is that you were able to push me but I had to choose to do it. I learned that I have the ability to outwork anyone.

I carried that knowledge with me throughout college and found success on the field and in the classroom. Many people told me I could not make it in Division 1 but I ended up playing for both the University of Vermont and Holy Cross while playing in 85% of my collegiate games and starting in 69% of them. When I first transferred to Holy Cross many people told me I could not make it academically but I graduated with a 3.4. I am very proud of that. I was able to accomplish things like this because of my work with you. I still carry that with me today and as I head to NYC to start work I know that at times I may not be the most qualified but I know no one can out work me. A lot of this really developed because of my work with you.

Thank you for everything you did for me. I do not know if I can ever repay you but if there is anything I can ever do for you please do not hesitate. Thank you again for everything.

Thank you,

Tanner Powers