Keep Movin’

by John Mitchell, AATC's Chief Executive Officer

One of my all-time in the history of anywhere humorists is the once well-known actor, musician, and columnist, Will Rogers. Although many of you have only heard his name mentioned by a parent or a grandparent, a quick Google search still yields a treasure trove of modern-day belly laughs. Since I’ve had the privilege of advising volunteers for the past 40-years, one of my favorite cowboy philosopher quotes to pass along must include, “Even if you’re right on track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there!”

That age-old sentiment is true for many of life’s pursuits including the time our members invest in the apartment association. After a while even the best volunteers find themselves worn down, over-looked, feeling cast-out, or falsely conclude they’re no longer relevant. In prominent organizations like the apartment association, the next thing on the calendar often blows by like a flash. As a result, I bet you’ll agree sometimes it’s easy to lose sight of the end zone.

What do we do when that happens? Is it time to walk away; perhaps find another game to play? I’d like to suggest – it’s not. Although the best associations invest lots of thoughtful moments empowering current as well as future leaders, those same great collaborations are often found taking a step back to grab the future.

That’s what we do each year at AATCs bowling tournament. We roll up our sleeves and go back to helping people who are far less fortunate than most of us. I can think of no better way to re-focus. Helping others is what we do best. Watching so many people step-up makes me proud to be a small part of the apartment association. It renews my spirit and determination.

The best leaders rarely brag or complain. They show up, dig-in, provide thoughtful ideas, bounce back and remain committed to a shared vision for what can be. You’ve probably noticed these particular people are persistent, solution-oriented and encouraging to a fault. Great boards of directors, the best leadership teams are filled with people like these, and we’re blessed to have many right here in Tarrant County.

So, what’s the timeless take-away? Simple, keep your head in the game, your heart focused on helping others and keep movin’. As my favorite cowboy poet often said, “Never let yesterday use up too much of today.” I’m excited to see what’s next!