Posted on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in Uncategorized
I opened my phone this morning to a text: “Happy anniversary, Scott! 24 and counting…!”
“24” is my favorite television show. 55 days until the new series premieres! My wife Amy and I joined my son Josh and his girlfriend Anna who are watching Season 3 of “24” last week.
Again I was reminded how much I love that show! 1
It’s a drama filled with intrigue and suspense, humor and irony, teamwork and solo adventures, nobility and honor, heroes and humility, risks and rewards all in the pursuit of security and freedom.
“24” is a lot like TreeHouse
On June 30, 1989 I met Wayne, Sara, Shawn, Tara, Michelle, Tom, John, Mike, Jason, Beth, Amy, Justin, Rachel, Ann Marie, Krissy, Lori, Roy, Jenny, Dennis and “PD” at TreeHouse.
That summer I fell in love with them, and I fell in love with TreeHouse.
What’s not to love?!?
Drama – Have you met a teenager?!?
Intrigue & Suspense – I love being invited into their stories.
Humor & Irony – Life is ironic. You have to learn to laugh.
Teamwork & Solo Adventures – Interdependence and personal responsibility.
Nobility & Honor – I’ve met many teens and adults I admire.
Heroes & Humility – I admire the sacrifice that people make to care.
Risks & Rewards – How to decide if the reward is worth the risks involved?
Pursuit of Security & Freedom – It’s been the dominant theme of adolescence.
In March of 1990, having spent the previous eight months as a volunteer and an unpaid intern, I was hired as a TreeHouse employee.
I was nervous and enthusiastic, and didn’t know what I’d face. Two weeks after I was hired my direct supervisor announced he was quitting to return to school. He was part of the reason that I came to TreeHouse.
It wasn’t going to happen the way I planned.
My first month … was eventful. As with all new jobs the position came with some abrupt challenges. As opposed to a nice settling-in time, my first couple weeks included:
* Reconciling an abusive mother and daughter
* Three kids attempted suicide
* Two kids who wanted a personal relationship with God
* Three kids sent to Juvenile Corrections
* Two staff conflicts
* Three kids went into drug treatment programs
* And my boss told me that he was resigning
Despite these challenges I found my work to be not only rewarding, but also life-changing. I have been repeatedly humbled, while also tremendously honored to see the work of God around, in and through me.
Warren Buffett was asked how he became so successful in life. He replied, “I found something I loved at a young age.”
I did too: God and people.
Today I’m celebrating 24 years of enjoying both at TreeHouse.
1 – 24: Live Another Day premieres May 5, 2014 on Fox.