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May 31, 2019

Don't Quit!

Emily Harman, host of the Onward Podcast, shares why she didn't quit when things went wrong at her Graduation (retirement) ceremony held in May 2019. Emily retired after serving 38 years with the United States Navy. Some of her service was as a Naval Officer. In addition, some of her service was as a civilian. She retired as a member of the Senior Executive Service and her position as Director of the Department of the Navy’s Office of Small Business Programs. First, Emily shares the complicated emotional and physical obstacles of that day. Then she tells us how she rose to the occasion. Finally, Emily shares how she moved onward in the face of adversity. In other words, Emily did not quit.

Episode Highlights:

  • Emily describes the unfortunate incidents leading up to her Graduation (retirement) ceremony.  
  • Why did Emily call her retirement a graduation?
  • We all have gifts to share with the world.
  • Why is the poem “When Things Go Wrong” so meaningful to Emily?
  • Did Emily quit?
  • What is the graduation gift that Emily shares with her family and friends?
  • What came to mind as being most important as Emily reflected on her career?
  • How did Emily get through her graduation speech having faced so much adversity that morning?

3 Key Points:

  1. It’s the people that are most important.  
  2. Focusing on being in the moment can help you move onward.
  3. We can make more money, but we can’t make more time.

Tweetable Quotes:

“Aside from my graduation from the Naval Academy, this graduation is the most important graduation in my life.” – Emily Harman

“There is something out there bigger than all of us. The universe, God, whatever one chooses to call it. And we all have an important role in the big plan.” – Emily Harman

“The odds of you being born are 1 and 400 trillion.” – Emily Harman

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