Friday Recognition Day – 2/28/2020

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I created this weekly tradition to help me develop an attitude for gratitude by recognizing two people from my personal or professional life. These weekly posts are about celebrating them and their story.

This week I am recognizing:

  1. Don Hughes
  2. Dr. Jamie Fairfield
Coach Don Hughes

Don Hughes – I would like to recognize Don for being an exceptionally great softball coach in his community. He has been coaching for 8 years and voluntarily spends hours / weeks / months mentoring, preparing, leading, and most importantly, listening to what his players have to say. With his leadership style, the work continues during the offseason. He is an asset to the team, on and off the field.

SSG Don Hughes

He is also a great Noncommissioned office (NCO) in the military and was always someone I could rely on when facilitating training, especially the 3-day Resilience Trainer Assistance (RTA) course. His attention to detail, passion, and consistency are why he is trusted in all walks of life. He is a true hero in his community and in the military.

Dr. Jamie Fairfield

Dr. Jamie Fairfield – I would like to recognize Jamie for being a leader and educator of Violence Prevention. He is a fantastic asset to HelpLine of Delaware and Morrow Counties, Inc. and is a voice for the Ohio Men’s Action Network (OHMAN). Their program provides some of the best training I’ve ever received. Link:

HelpLine of Delaware and Morrow Countes, Inc.
Ohio Men’s Action Network (OHMAN)

Jamie is a role model and mentor for many students in central Ohio. He was a college Professor and someone that I often seek for personal and professional guidance. He has a great sense of humor and I’m honored to call him my friend.


Weekly Challenge: Identify 1-2 people in your life that you would like to recognize. You don’t need to do this publicly. It can be a simple face-to-face conversation, a phone call, a text, or even an email.

You would be surprised how meaningful a simple, “Hey Sam, I appreciate you,” conversation can be for people.

Thank for you taking a moment out of your busy day to help celebrate these individuals. Please feel free to share this post with friends and family. You can also click the follow button.

For more information or tips on how to demonstrate gratitude (recognize the people within your circle of influence) in your personal and professional life, check out my latest book:


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