| In Search of Greatness: Professor
Creates New Book and Luncheon Speaker Series
IN REFERENCE TO his latest book
on achievement, Dan Tripps, chair of the Physical Education and Exercise
Science Department at Seattle Pacific University, asks this question:
“Do you want to be considered great or to live great? There aren’t many
people who can do both.”
In Search of Greatness:
Attributes of Achievement and Lessons for Life (The Town Book
Press, 2002) is Tripps’ second book about people who have reached
incredibly high goals. In The Heart of Success, Tripps wrote 40 profiles
of heroes, then arranged his second book according to some common
qualities of greatness, such as intuition and perseverance. “The project
began,” he says, “because I wanted to understand the results of the
life path I have taken.”
Of the 120 successful people Tripps interviewed, the one he admired
most was Belding Scribner, the physician responsible for a breakthrough
that led to kidney dialysis. “Unlike other extraordinary achievers,”
Tripps says, “Belding has never changed who he is. He was able to
weave work and home life together. In his mid-80s now, he’s still
fishing off his houseboat dock, living with his wife of 65 years.
He didn’t even want to capitalize financially on his invention.”
Tripps teaches a graduate course at Seattle Pacific in the psychology
of achievement. To build a bridge for his students between academia
and the “real world,” he began a luncheon speaker series this summer
at SPU. For the events, he brought in an unlikely trio of experts
on success: Gerard Schwarz, music director of the Seattle Symphony;
Kent Stowell, artistic director of the Pacific Northwest Ballet; and
Karen Thorndike, the first American woman to sail solo around the
world. “Lessons of leadership cross all domains,” explains Tripps.
A winter luncheon will be presented on Saturday, March 1, 2003. According
to Tripps, a panel of executives in sport from across the United States
will talk about their core strengths, followed by informal discussions
between the speakers and students. The events are open to alumni and
friends of SPU as well. For more information, call Karyn Kiemele at
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