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A Successful But Un-Chartered Journey RE: Dana Perino

Updated on June 30, 2015

How Does a Successful Journey Begin

I do not believe that anyone owns all the keys to success. We know that some people have an upfront plan and they stick with it until it isn't working any longer and then they change course.

The journey begins at different times for everyone. Some know when they go off to college what path they intend to take; others just get the degree and hope for the best. Often college graduates finish their studies and can't get a job within their specific studies; they get frustrated and just settle.

Too often people give up when they get to a stable job with benefits and security. They may do it because their experience or qualification may not meet the criteria needed to progress to a higher position or career move. They stay within a safety zone, because it is the adult thing to do; to them it discretion and wisdom. This path will get them through life; but will it get them the satisfaction and final results they crave?

These are the satisfied individuals which believe in living within conservative bonds and making the best of it. There is nothing wrong with this; if they are satisfied.

There are others who push, strive, keep studying and learning with a final destination in mind. The old saying is that they have their eye on the pie and will not be satisfied until they obtain their goal or something very similar to it. These are often call those with ambition, purpose, perseverance and a dedicated mind.

Some People Make It Look So Easy

It seems that some people make it look so easy. You have seen these people when they have landed or made it to what looks like a flamboyant position, who seem to glow and are living the dream.

I'll just bet it wasn't as easy getting there as it looks...

Some people just have a drive within them to reach that higher self and they work hard to get there. Some start our young, learning, preparing and prepping themselves for something bigger. They work hard, they strive, they allow themselves to be in positions that might lead them to something more.

If you watch those who have gone beyond the normal; you will find they took some risk, sometimes moving around from one place to another or re-directing their course. They get the thought in their mind where they want to be and work until they feel it in their heart. That satisfaction you feel when you know everything is good, (at least for the moment), and you are where you are supposed to be.

Dana Perino- A Look At Success

Ms. Perino has stated she never intended to stand in front of a group of journalist, or reporters and make a case for the President or his policy. But, she did, made history and is happier now than ever. How she did it may look easy, but it was with hard work; waiting for the right opportunities, and knowing when to take some risk.

Below is part of the success journey for Dana Perino, who seemed to go with the flow; yet knew what her desires were, followed her heart, and reached a platform some never achieve.

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Dana Perino's Way Up the Ladder

Most people remember Dana Perino as Press Secretary for President George Bush. She was the second female to hold the title following Dee Dee Myers who served with President Bill Clinton.

Ms Perino studied in Denver, Colorado, but was actually born in Evanston, Wyoming. She graduated from Colorado State University-Pueblo with a bachelor's degree in mass communication and minors in political science and Spanish. She later received her masters in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois Springfield.

She began her career while in college with KCCY-FM Radio working the 2 a. m. to 6 a. m. shift working Saturdays and Sundays; while waiting table the other nights of the week. All of this hard work for minimum wages. From there she went to various other broadcasting units and there her success journey began.

A lot of her career has been in Washington, D. C. She was staff assistant to Rep. Scott McInnis, then began a tenure as press secretary for Rep. Dan Schaefer that lasted for four year until the retirement of Mr. Schaefer. She then resided in Britain with her husband for about 10 months at this point. Moving back to California and then back to Washington.

She has served in the Department of Justice, White House Staff, Associate Director of Communications for White House Council on Environmental Quality. She then serves as Deputy Press Secretary; and then with Tony Snow's resignation; she there became the first Republican White House Press Secretary with a tenure from September 14, 2007 until January 2009.

Now, Ms. Perino is a co-host of The Five on Fox News and has been for the last 4 years. She start with Fox as a Conservative Contributor.

Re: Wikipedia and Perino's Website

The Wrap Up -My Impression of Perino

I have watched this lady for quite some time now and my finding are simply that she owns who she is. To me that is one important part of success.

There is not a lot of pretense or having to adjust her thinking to anyone else. She is clear with her contributions, she doesn't show any un-necessary authority of what she has to say; she just gets it out.

She appears to be very genuine, totally responsible, and filled with integrity. You do not hear boastfulness or conceit; just her opinions, based upon study and fact.

One of the best indicators of her true personality is her new book: And The Good News Is.

Success Quotes

"Success is knowing you have done you very best to get to where you are."

"Success if believing in yourself regardless of what has turned out wrong."

"Success is allowing yourself to fail."

"Success is getting up each morning with a new plan when the old one did not work."

"Success is taking an un-chartered course at times, but remembering how to get back to where you started."

"Success is a journey that never ends until you say it does."

"Success is when you feel a little glow within you that you ignited all by yourself."

"Success is not riches; success is being satisfied with what riches you have."

"Success is not something that is given to you; it is the fruit of your labor that gives you the success."


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    • lctodd1947 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from USA

      Thanks so much web informer for coming here to read and comment. I appreciate it.

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      web informer 

      7 years ago

      nice post thanx for posting about success keep posting

    • lctodd1947 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from USA

      Apostile Jack you couldn't have siad it better either. Thank you so much for stopping by to read and comment. I appreciate it so much.

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      Apostle Jack 

      7 years ago from Atlanta Ga

      You said it very well.Success is a process,and the journey of a 1000 miles begins with one step.In between there are many steps to be after another until we cross the finish line.

    • lctodd1947 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from USA

      cristina327, I appreciate you stopping by to read and comments. Come back any times and thanks so much!

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      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      8 years ago from Manila

      This is indeed an excellent hub with great quotes and insights. Thank you for sharing these inspiring thoughts. Remain blessed always.

    • lctodd1947 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from USA

      I don't know if we ever reach the desired place we want to be because if we grew to all the success we wanted; what would we have to look forward to? I am so glad you enjoyed it and thank you for coming by to read and comment. Yes, I agree, there is no get rich...overnight either. It takes hard work in this life we live.

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      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I agree with you that success is a journey. We can enjoy how to achieved the success from the bottom. And this is not get rich scheme, we get rich in one night. I liked some of the success quotes. This hub give me the spirit to get success. Thank you very much.

    • lctodd1947 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from USA

      You have been around the block today and I appreciate you for coming by to read. Thank you so much

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      8 years ago from the short journey

      Good things to think about!

    • lctodd1947 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from USA

      thank you

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      Duchess OBlunt 

      8 years ago

      It's a small thing, and a pleasure!

    • lctodd1947 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from USA

      Yes, I did a reply already but you deserve another for your much needed encouragement and support. I will from now put a link in my articles to your pages that are similar. If I am not mistaken we can do that to other hubs without a problem. You know they say you have given, until you give when you have nothing to give....Your link to me is very wonderful gift. Thank you so much.

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      Duchess OBlunt 

      8 years ago

      This is great! I'd like to link it with my own. In fact I will do so, because they compliment each other so well. Please let me know if you'd prefer I didn't and I will remove it.

      Great hub!


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