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The Definition of Success

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
– Theodore Roosevelt


In our celebrity-mad culture, you’re never truly a success until you’ve been interviewed on Entertainment Tonight or featured in People Magazine.

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We’re led to believe that success requires a seven-figure income and the ability to get into the most famous restaurants and clubs using a private entrance, no reservation required.

In this fame-crazy society, success requires celebrity status – only professional athletes, movie, TV and rock ‘n’ roll stars (and of course Donald Trump) – need apply.

Yet ultimate success is, as President Roosevelt said, “Doing the best you can with what you have.” It’s living a life of which you can be proud. Making the very small piece of the earth that you occupy better. It’s giving back more than you take out.


In our travels around the country, the staff of BodyShop Business has met countless shop owners who are accomplishing this feat every day. They are the men and women whose commitment to their businesses, their employees, their communities and their industry benefits us all.

To recognize these all-too-often ignored successes, BodyShop Business inaugurated the Collision Repair Shop Executive of the Year in 1984.

Any collision repair shop owner or manager is eligible for the award. An entry form can be found on pg. 15 of this issue. (All nominations must be received by Oct. 1, 2004.)

The BodyShop Business Collision Repair Shop Executive of the Year is for and about people who strive to do their best day after day without notoriety and fanfare.


The winner will be announced at the 2004 International Autobody Congress and Exhibition (NACE) in Las Vegas, November 3-6.

This is an industry with many successes. The staff of BodyShop Business looks forward to receiving your nominations and learning more about you.

Denise Lloyd

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