“It’s good to be in something from the ground floor. I came too late for that and I know. But lately, I’m getting the feeling that I came in at the end. The best is over.”

That quote is from Tony Soprano from the HBO series, "The Sopranos."  I am a big "Sopranos" fan.  Going through old seasons for the third time now.  I always catch something new when I re-watch them.  This time I have been picking up on more and more quotes from Tony.

Now, taking away the fact that he is an angry, irritable, aggressive, mob boss, he is actually a very unique individual.  This quote jumped out at me and made me think about Dayton.  There are so many amazing things going on in Dayton right now that we seem to not give a second glance until it has been proven.

We all have that one friend, when talking about music, that says, “I was listening to that band before they became famous.”  Now as much as we all want to take a page out of Tony Soprano’s book and give them a whack in the head, that is a pretty cool feeling to know that you were a part of something from the ground up.

Three years ago, myself and five others answered a call to the community with regards to forming a Young Professionals organization out in Beavercreek.  Since then we have accomplished the following as a group:

  • We have created an organization that is self-sustaining
  • We have created a strategic partnership with Franklin University that is truly one of a kind to our members
  • We created and instituted the Young Professionals Cup that is now in its third year and going strong
  • We have now begun creating our next wave of leaders within the organization

Pro Tip #5 - Take the Leap of Faith and see what happens

So here is the thing:  I would have never had the opportunity to do any of those things if it weren’t for two things.  The first being that I was surrounded by an extraordinary team of leaders.  The second was taking the Leap of Faith that led me down a path of being extremely involved in the community.

It is hard to go down a path unseen, but in the end what you weren't able to see is the most visible.

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