"I believe that attitude is a vital part of being a successful livestock showman. Six years ago, when I first began my showing career, I realized the true value of this quality. At nine years old, exhibiting in my first livestock show was a very daunting experience. Stepping into the ring for the very first time, my heart raced and my palms sweated, however whenever I exited the show ring, tears flooded my eyes and a last place ribbon sat in my pocket. I was absolutely devastated and was convinced that I could never show again. But then, my dad's advice helped me to change my perspective and outlook. He looked at me and said, ‘You need to get back up and try again, it's not too late to make this better.’ These simple words inspired me to see things differently and to have a more positive viewpoint on the situation. Ever since that day, livestock showing has become such a huge part of my life. If I would have remained in my pessimistic state, I would not have experienced the many opportunities that were to come. Attitude has the power to completely change your focus from the negative situations, to the blessings of the past and the hopes of the future. So, I encourage you to alter your gaze to the positive things and transform your mindset. I assure you that you will be utterly amazed at the influence that this simple adjustment of thought can have."