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Dream Big, Work Hard and Never Give Up

September 2015 |  by Diane Sullivan

Diane M. Sullivan, Assistant Dean

In my house you grew up loving sports.  The Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, and Bruins were part of our extended family.  My “brothers” were hockey legends Orr and Espo.  At ten years old, I fell deeply in love for the first time.  I purchased a gold heart at Woolworths for 99 cents and had it engraved with my love’s name – – “Yaz”.  I never took it off.

Watching sports huddled around the tiny television was quality family time.  Great moments in Boston sports history occupy some of my favorite childhood memories.  The “comeback kids” of the 67 Sox, the Big Bad Bruins and later those celebrated 7th games between our Boston Celtics and L.A. Lakers made many a family gathering just a bit more exciting.  I was more mature then.  An “I Hate the Lakers” tee shirt now replaced my Yaz pendant, and Larry now occupied Yaz’s place in my heart.

However, all of those Boston championships, and come from behind victories, pale in comparison to watching hockey games involving my nephew.  There were district, state, national, and international games where his team would make, what seemed to be inconceivable comebacks, snatching victory from the jaws of defeat.  My nephew believes in hard work, commitment, and never, ever, ever giving up.  He always believes he will succeed.  He believes, as did Vince Lomabardi, that the price for success is hard work and applying his best to the task at hand.  So it is no surprise to this proud Aunt that he is pursuing a professional career overseas.

The Dean of our law school, Michael L. Coyne says to our very successful national trial teams who have won five regional championships in the last five years, “there is always someone smarter, richer, taller, funnier, better looking, or more connected than you, but only you control if anyone is better than you are.  Working harder is the talent that we alone control.  No one will ever out work us.  That is our commitment to each other – – to ourselves.”  Dean Coyne also teaches our law students what his mother always said, “you meet the same people on the way up as you do on the way down, so always be good to everyone.”  Indeed, work plus desire does equal success, but it doesn’t cost you anything to be nice along the way.

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