“I’m Not Surprised!”

8 Aug
Dear Readers,
Well who hasn’t been blown over by the Olympics these past few days? If you have not, please stop reading my post and go back to what ever people like you do!
But if you have been blown over (like me) by these incredible athletes please keep reading….
My Silent Investor called Monday morning at 6:30 (5:30 his time) and started talking about an impressive interview he saw the night before with the Women’s Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin. He went on and on about her composure, maturity (only 17 years old), she was grace under fire! I said, I am not surprised. He was a little taken a back by my comment, “What do you mean you’re not surprised?”
Well in order for Missy Franklin to have risen to the level she has (Gold Medal) she needed maturity, dedication, self-discipline, set priorities and goals well before that interview ever took place. A teenager does NOT rise to Missy’s level by having her parents “buying it” or making excusing for her or bending the rules for her. Quite the opposite…These highly successful individuals regardless of age but especially in teenagers do not arrive at this level because their older brother/sister was successful and was awarded the gold because of nepotism. Success comes from hours and hours of sacrificing, hard boring working and not taking the easy way out. Successful individuals and (teenagers) take responsibility for their mistakes and in spite of failures (discouraged) forges forward with 110% of effort.
Excuse me today for stating the obvious, successful teenagers are not the teenagers drinking with their friends or spending the night out because they are not able to drive home. Successful teenagers are not stealing prescription pain meds from their parent’s medicine cabinet nor are not lying and/or manipulating the truth (the system). 
Which brings me to the present and very impressive now…
The Women’s Amateur Championship is going on right now in Cleveland Ohio. I have the awesome experience of opening up my home this week to one of the participating woman amateur golfers, Emma Talley (18 years old) from Kentucky. Just graduated from high school and will be attending The University of Alabama (The top college golf team in the United States.)  She easily secured the coveted one and only spot available (Alabama golf team had only one graduating senior). Think about it, as the top ranked college golf team in all of America they had the top pick of the best of the best female golfers (thousands) and they picked Emma! Impressive to say the lease!
Emma is delightful, sweet, hardworking, respectful and humble with an adorable sense of humor! AND last but certainly not lease an incredible golfer. She talks about what she needs to do to improve, is thankful for all her opportunities and knows it is all on her shoulders the work that needs to happen. It has been a pure joy to have Emma participating in one of Cleveland’s Golf Tournaments but especially it has been an honor for her to be a guest in my home. And may I add, the best guest I have ever had!
After a conversation with her Dad you understand right away why Emma is such a success.  The youngest of four children she started playing golf at 12 years old (the only one in her family) This is not a teenager who is only doing what is mandatory; this is a teenager who is doing everything and then some!
In my opinion what makes this all more of a success story, golf was not introduced (pushed. forced, influenced) by her parents. This is all Emma!
Nov. 11, 2011
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – University of Alabama women’s golf coach Mic Potter signed one of the nation’s best players to a letter of intent on Thursday with Emma Talley inking with the Crimson Tide.
Talley hails from Princeton, Ky., where she was a three-time Kentucky State High School Individual Champion. She qualified for the 2011 United States Open and is ranked third in the class of 2012 in the Polo Junior Golf Rankings.
“Emma is a great junior player, and is ready to step in and assume a leading role on our 2012-2013 team,” Potter said. “She has competed at the highest level of not only junior golf, but having played in this summer’s U.S. Open, professional golf as well.
-Alabama Crimson Tide
“If she weren’t an amateur who was just months away from starting her college career at Alabama, Emma Talley would be “in the money” at this weekend’s U.S. Women’s Open in Kohler, Wisc.”
-Alabama Crimson Tide
Asklotta and staff is MINDING YOUR BUSINESS today in complete and total awe and amazement of Emma Talley!
Again, it has been my pleasure to tell you what to do and what NOT to do!
Kindest regards,
President and CEO

2 Responses to ““I’m Not Surprised!””

  1. legionwriter August 8, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    Well said. I didn’t know you lived in Cleveland. I’ve always wanted to see the Rock n Roll hall of fame!

    • asklotta August 8, 2012 at 7:36 pm #

      Thank you Legionwriter, much appreciative of your kind words. Truly mean it.
      I moved to Cleveland 7 years ago to marry my husband. Rock n Roll a must see!

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