10 Highly Effective Habits of Six Ocean City Leaders
A business owner, a councilman, a real estate agent, a humanitarian, a public safety officer and a church leader share their tips for success in any walk of life.
Every Jan. 1, half of us make New Year's resolutions. The habit dates to the first century B.C., to the Roman god Janus, who was visited by those wanting to entrust their future hopes to him. Accordingly, the month of January, which has its origin in the word Janus, became the traditional time to make resolutions.
Today, the year 2012 dawns, and with it, another opportunity to vow to lose weight, exercise more, eat better, quit smoking, get out of debt, save money, finish school and find employment. So predictable.
Instead of resolutions, we're suggesting our readers consider this list of 10 habits of six Ocean City leaders. All of the tips can be applied to any walk of life.
1. Always be true to yourself. Never try to be something you are not.
— Kevin Redmond of Ocean City Realty, named 2011 Ocean City Board of Realtors' Realtor of the Year for selling more than 100 homes worth more than $50 million in seven years.
2. Give 100 percent 100 percent of the time.
— Bob Blutinger, a third-generation owner of Boyar's Market. Blutinger has worked at the 87-year-old independent grocery store for 43 years.
3. Listen and learn. Surround yourself with people who are not afraid to criticize you. It's natural to become defensive when someone disagrees with you; step back and think before responding.
— Keith Hartzell, councilman at-large, who vowed in 2000, when he semi-retired from a paper manufacturing sales job, to become more involved in his community.
4. Live by the words of humanitarian Edward Everett Hale: "I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything; but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do."
— Peaches Lukens, lifelong community activist whose charitable works most often target abused animals, the hungry, the homeless and the environment. This year, for the 22nd year in a row, she organized the annual Christmas community dinner at St. Peter's United Methodist Church, witnessing the greatest need she has ever seen as 800 people were fed a free meal.
5. Take the opportunity presented, persevere and do the right thing.
— Acting Fire Chief Charles W. Bowman Jr., a third-generation Ocean City native who has worked in various capacities for the city for 33 years.
6. Identify needs and address them in appropriate ways.
— Richard Stanislaw, president of the Tabernacle. During Stanislaw's tenure, the Tabernacle has experienced growth in ministries, attendance and facilities, all of which he credits to a staff that is expert in each person's area of responsibility: "All of us are smarter than any of us."
7. Family first. Never place your family second. Family is forever.
— Kevin Redmond
8. Appreciate living in Ocean City. This island is full of spiritual, physical and theoretical opportunities.
— Charles Bowman, former lifeguard and avid surfer and kitesurfer, whose love of life by the ocean is reflected in his children's names (Caroline Waverlee, Katie Sea and Kelsea)
9. Never do things in anger. "Once you hit the send button, that voice mail or email is gone."
— Keith Hartzell
10. Give back to the community. Even the smallest amount of time can go a long way.
— Kevin Redmond