August 13, 2014
SLE OF WIGHT — Success and failure aren’t so different, Del. Chris Jones, R- Suffolk, told graduates of Isle of Wight Academy on Friday night.
“They both will happen, and often,” Jones told the 48 members of the Class of 2014. Success and failure obviously have different outcomes, he said, but you can’t let your achievements or your shortcomings define who you are.
“The list of great men who have failed is a long and distinguished one,” Jones said, naming such luminaries as Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Steve Jobs. “If those men had let it define them, we would be sitting in the dark, with no way to drive home and no iPhone to call for a ride.”
The measure of a person comes in how they react to success and failure. He warned that success should not lead to idleness.
“Do not be content and look at your trophies and awards,” he said. Instead, take that time to move forward and lend a hand to other people.
Accept both with grace and humility as you move out into the world, he told the graduates, and don’t let embarrassment or fear stop you from reaching for what you want.
“Too many people fail and let that be the end of their story,” Jones told the graduates.
Jones said he’d wanted to be a pharmacist since he was in the eighth grade, but he was rejected the first time he went to pharmacy school. He turned his discouragement into determination, he said, and was accepted the following year.
Murphy can be reached by phone at 757-247-4760.
Isle of Wight Academy
Total Enrollment: 680 students
Graduating class: 48
Speakers: Valedictorians Jessica Atkins and Benjamin Hickman, Salutatorians Matthew Herrmann and Connor Edwards, Del. Chris Jones