“If Life is Your Canvas, Paint a Masterpiece”

ADRIAN, Mich. – On Thursday, September 22, 2011 Adrian College hosted local businessman and philanthropist, Patrick Farver as he presented his speech of “Developing a Philosophy, Experience, and Attitude Toward Success.”

Convocation was held in the Herrick Chapel at the center of the College campus. Farver , CEO of Michigan-based Blissfield Manufacturing noted the founding philosophy of the successful business and personal model.

“You’re altitude in life is determined by your attitude,” Farver noted at the beginning of his speech. “Never give up. Imagine what you could do if you knew you could not fail?”

Farver continued to note that everyone was in control of his or her own destiny. The belief systems and the communication patterns will set each person on a path of success or failure. He went on to note the personal outlook and reactions to situations and how they may impact the destination.

“It’s not what happens, but how you communicate to yourself, and how you deal with it.” Farver went on to add that success leaves clues. “If you follow them, you too will be successful.”

Noted during the speech in front of College students, faculty, and staff were the seven traits of success: passion, belief, strategy, clarity of values, energy, bonding power, mastery of communication.

“Passion gives life power and juice and meaning.” Farver said to the crowd. “There is no greatness without a passion to be great, whether it’s the aspiration of an athlete or an artist, a scientist, a parent, or a businessman.”

“Our beliefs about what we are and what we can be precisely determine what we will be. What we believe to be true, what we believe is possible, becomes what true, becomes what’s possible.”

“Energy can be the thundering, joyous commitment of Bruce Springsteen or Tina Turner. It can be the entrepreneurial dynamism of a Donald Trump or a Steve Jobs. They live as if obsessed with the wondrous opportunities of each day and the recognition that the one thing no one has enough of is time.”

“The way we communicate with others and the way we communicate with ourselves ultimately determine the quality of our lives.”

Farver went on to acknowledge the importance of a strong belief system.

“Your belief system becomes the power to succeed or fail.” He pointed out to view thoughts as things, and to answer the important questions in life while maintaining a balance of what is important at the core.

“Remember the important things, and your integrity,” Farver said in closing. “You have to like what you see in the mirror every morning. Take action every day. Live with passion and make the world a better place than you found it.”

He went on to add, “If life is your canvas, paint a masterpiece.”