Sunday, September 14, 2008

Adversity Builds Character, Kirk Fechter's original quote

I was reading an article on the internet about the BYU defeat of UCLA.,0,5082076.story
The message written on the board in the Bruins' locker room afterward read: "Adversity builds character."
Years ago at Ft Rucker, AL when I was what was called a Small Group Instructor (SGI) in 1986-1988 for the Aviation Advance Course, I originated a motto based on ABC- Adversity Builds Character. When I took command of a company in Spring 1988, I also made it the Company motto of E Co, 1-145 Avn. I remember one lieutenant referred to it as CPT Fechter's ABC's of military life.
After reading the article, I did a google search on Adversity Builds Character and got this result.
It is all over the place.
So I am on a quest. Did I first say it? If only there had been an internet to capture my quote and credit to me. If I had known how big it would be, I could have copyrighted it. Oh well.


The Christian Jihaadist said...

Hi Kirk,
If only I had a dime for every quote or invention that I had that someone else put into use and made a fortune off of.

The ABC quote is true enough no matter whose quote it was originally. The Lord in his word says "There is nothing new under the sun" so be comforted in that you are in good company.

Take care. Remember Safety First!


Jessica Sredzinski DeMichael said...

i don't know who said it first, but i know my father said it quite often and i believe it to be true.