Everyone has the potential to succeed

Success. Ask a dozen different people what the word means and you’ll probably get a dozen different answers.

One thing is sure, though, we all want to be successful. We must, because we spend most of our lives pursuing success-in our work, as parents and spouses, in church and in our everyday lives.

Some achieve the success they seek. For others, success is like a desert mirage-always in sight, but never within reach.

Everyone has the potential to be successful.

First, you need to understand that success can mean different things. Success isn’t monetary only. Life itself can be a success. You can be successful with your family, profession, education and service to God.

Here are some factors I feel are necessary to achieve success:

1. Make God No. 1 in your life.

2. Determine what your gifts are and how they can best be used.

3. Set attainable short- and long-range goals.

4. Establish a plan and research it.

5. Put your plan into action.

6. Be patient with yourself and others and help them achieve their goals.

7. Maintain credibility and accountability. Don’t abuse the privileges that have been given to you.

Once you understand these basic factors, it won’t make much difference at what level you start. I started at a gas station-fixing tires, washing cars and selling gas.

I didn’t own a car, but I always kept my eye on the sign hanging in front of the Ford dealership there in Fowler, Kan. Becoming a Ford dealer was one of my first long-range goals.

After setting a long-term goal, I would work on short-range goals. As I persistently worked toward these goals, doors seem to open for me.

How could I expect to become a Ford dealer with limited capital and experience? I asked God for guidance. As he gave me wisdom, I moved ahead. My wife, Vada, gave me moral support.

We proceeded from a service station, to a used-car lot, to sales manager of a new-car dealership. At each level, I gained wisdom.

We had no connection with Hillsboro, but we were looking for an aggressive, growing community where we could raise our family-a place with churches, schools, medical facilities and activities for youth.

When we came to Hillsboro, we were told no dealerships were available. I could have given up, but I persisted. Suddenly, the doors opened. A dealership became available.

As the years went by, other goals fell into place. We built a new dealership, a recreational-vehicle conversion company and a leasing company. We were also involved developing the Carriage Hills housing development as well as church and denominational work.

Remember, you achieve goals in steps. Along the way, you can expect some reverses. You need them. They help to sharpen you so you can take advantage of the next challenge.

If it wasn’t for the support from our community, our family, my brother John and his family, and all of our dedicated employees, it would have been impossible to achieve our goals.

As I look ahead to passing the business on to the next generation, I realize again that monetary values are temporary. They are only here for us to use for a short time.

Spiritual values are what remain forever.

In 1955, Albert Reimer launched Reimer Ford-Mercury, which continues today under different ownership as Hillsboro Ford-Mercury. His current business, Reimer Classics Inc., is owned by son Melvin and located at 201 S. Main.

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