There are no secrets of success. Success is doing the things you know you should do. Success is not doing the things you should not do. Success is not limited to any one area of your life. It encompasses all of the facets of your relationsships; as parent, as wife or husband, as student, as teacher and yes——–even a High School Principal.

Success is not confined to any one part of your personality but is related to the development of all the parts: Body, Mind, Heart and Spirit. It is making the most of your total self. Success is discovering your best talents, skills and abilities and applying them where they willmake the most effective contribution to your fellow man. In the words of Longfellow—it is “doing what you do well, and doing well whatever you do!”

Such is the case when you realize SUCCESS is harnessing your heart to a task you love to do. It is falling in love with your work. It demands intense concentration on your chief aim in life. It is focusing the full power of all you are on what you have a burning desire to achieve. Success is ninety-nine per cent mental attitude. It calls for love, joy, optimism, confidence, serenity, poise, faith, courage, cheerfulness, imagination, initiative, tolerance, honesty, humility, patienc and enthusiasm. Success is having the courage to meet failure without being defeated. It is refusing to let present loss interfere with your long-range goal.

Success is relative and individual and personal. It is your answer to the problem of making your minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and years add up to a great life. Success is accepting the challenge of the difficulty. It would seems the most logical philosophy to SUCCESS would be those of Phillip Brooks: “Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but You Shall Be The Miracle.”

With all this being said I can’t help but share with the world just how fortunate the students of White Oak High School are each and everyday. Our students lives and well being are of the utmost importance to the Faculty & Staff of WOHS, along with how every student will attack life situations on a daily basis. Our staff realize that not every student will need everything they will be exposed to, but they are willing to share their wisdon and experience to face these exposures.

The weight of SUCCESS is HUMILITY and our students realize humility begins with a recognition of our dependnece on others and an appreciation of God’s gift of life. The faculty and staff at all levels–be it Academics, Fine Arts and/or Academics, spend many hours stressing that our success comes with a price:
1. Humility comes when he/she realizes millions of men, in thousands of battles, have given their lives to
make us free.
2. When they become aware of the enormous debt they owe to others who have labored through the
through the ages to fashion the world they live in.
3. When he/she acknowledges that he/she is the heir of infinite riches he/she did not crete.
4. When he/she knows so little about so much he becomes teachable. open-minded, and flexible.
5. When he/she becomes grateful for the immeasurable contributions others have made to his/her life
is not blinded by arrogance and pride. He/she has greater vision because his/her ego does not get
in his/her way.

Being principal of White Oak High School makes be the luckest man in the world!

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