The first thing to remember about success is that it is a process – nothing more, nothing less. There is really no magic to it and it’s not reserved only for a select few people. As such, success really has nothing to do with luck, coincidence or fate. It really comes down to understanding the steps in the process and then executing on those steps.
We also know those epic stories, those modern-day legends surrounding the early failures of such supremely successful folks as Michael Jordan and Bill Gates. We can look a bit further back in time to Albert Einstein or even further back to Abraham Lincoln. What made each of these people so successful? Motivation.
Motivation is not an accident or something that someone else can give you — you are the only one with the power to motivate you. Motivation cannot be an external force, it must come from within as the natural product of your desire to achieve something and your belief that you are capable to succeed at your goal.
Vaughn Stewart, noted caricature artist, originated the idea of a sports hall of fame for the Madison County area. Initial talks with Frank Campbell (local golf legend) led to contacting James Record (famous local politician) because of his vast knowledge of the local history and personal contacts within Madison County. He graciously accepted the idea and position as Chairman and the Hall of Fame was born. One by one, the original board was formed - all enthusiastically accepted their roles.
James Record : Chairman, Vaughn Stewart : Co-Chairman, Billy Joe Rowan, Frank Campbell, Buck Hughes, Brick Warden, Robert McKee, Tooney Summers, Roy Blair
An initial selection committee of eighteen met, evaluated, and voted on inductees. An advisory committee of civic, religious, political, sports, and educational leaders also provided input.