A few weeks ago at the school Leinster finals in Santry, Co. Dublin, along with her running team mates form Loreto College, our 13 year old achieved that success. They then went on to win in the All Ireland Cross Country final in the under 14 category in Sligo.
Nothing in this world can take the place of desire, dedication, determination, concentration and the will to win, not even talent.
There are lots of things happening in Goatsbridge right now and I cannot help but compare our girl’s success with the success we are trying to achieve here in our business. The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we succeed or not, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand. Goatsbridge were delighted to come out on top in the Regional Finals of the Enterprise Awards last week and will now go on to represent Kilkenny in the National Finals in June this year .
Funnily enough Aine did tell me after the race,that I was not to attempt to put any pictures on Facebook of her. She told me she was not cocky like her mother and mimicked me with a rye smile saying “my trout is wonderful “. I had to put her in her place and informed her it was not cockiness I was displaying but an absolute belief in our product and the work we are doing here at Goatsbridge. You see I have to believe with all my heart that our trout are wonderful. How else could I do my job?
More than anything else Aine loves running in the team events, running for each other, and the fun they have especially when they come out on top. She is lucky enough to have hit upon a very good group of girls in Kilkenny and it looks as if they have a bright future ahead.
Although Aine came out on top at the Leinster finals she was not quite as successful in Sligo. For some unknown reason, she had to pull up a few hundred metres into the race and to my horror she got physically sick, three times in fact. Disaster beckoned but to my great surprise she got up again and began to run, passing out runners one by one to eventually finish 13th overall.
That placing helped the team make history to become the first team in that age category in Loreto to come home with a Gold All Ireland Medal. Sometimes failure is not a bad thing because success is sweet and sweeter if long delayed and gotten through many struggles and defeats. Aine is one of the gutsiest and unassuming people I know and this is what makes me so proud. She is like the many successful lovely unassuming business people I have had the pleasure to meet and admire over the years.
I firmly believe we in Goatsbridge must realise it is not about the individual but about the team, a team I have been working hard to build. A team of people better than ourselves bringing skills to the table and skills we could never hope to have otherwise.
We are just about to embark upon the next phase of our business development, I have no doubt it will not be an easy run, it will be full of undulations and uphill struggles. But I will take that look of determination from Aines face with me every day and together we will get there, eventually.