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I’m not one to self-promote. I strive daily to help others – that’s what makes life meaningful to me. I considered my day significant and complete when I am helping clients, fellow lawyers, family, and friends.

Even so, I recently received the WealthCounsel Trailblazer Award, which is given to a member of WealthCounsel that strives to impact their community by sharing their passion for knowledge, excellence, and education.

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The Oxford dictionary defines a trailblazer as ‘a person who makes a new track through wild country.’ And that’s what I did nearly 30 years ago. I overcame a troubled childhood, a substance addiction, and found ways to find healing and forgiveness of the past in order to find the breakthrough in my future.

I share this honor because I want to make a very important point. First, it’s never too late to keep on trying. Sure, it’s frustrating and difficult, and sometimes it may feel like it’s you against the world. But our lives are not about a single, solitary failure, rather, the combination of choices we make and the courage it takes to get back up again.

Second, getting this award is an example of an Esteemable Act. Why? I didn’t get this award just because I’m a good lawyer. I’m a product of those who helped me along the way, and I’ve shared the wealth of that provision. In addition, I’m aware of the responsibility that comes from recognition like this. I’ve been entrusted to use my platform for good, for sharing with others, for bringing something valuable to the table so that others can learn, grow, and thrive.

If you’re in a tight spot, I want to encourage you to keep on going. If you’re thriving, I hope you take it personally that you’ve been given the upper hand, so go ahead and reach out to help someone who needs a lift. We rise as we lift up others.

Until next time, just keep on trying, keep on dreaming. You’ll get there eventually!


Francine D. Ward
Attorney-At-Law, Author, Speaker

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