Jan Scruggs
Memorial founder

Jan Scruggs

Founder and president of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.


Passion and pride

Q: Is it possible to be successful in a job that you don't like? A business group called the Conference Board got lots of publicity Jan. 5 by claiming worker satisfaction had fallen to its lowest level ever. Their numbers and methodology were questioned by other experts, but the issue of whether there's a link between job satisfaction and success is an interesting one.

One can succeed best at something about which one has passion. I know people with a passion for areas ranging from the practice of law to dentistry to owing a pizza parlor. Passion for one's professional life allows one the energy to go the extra mile.

I am writing this response from, of all places, Hanoi, Vietnam. I have a passion for many things, one of which assisting in the removal of ordnance that endangers civilians from a war that ended in 1975. Retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey is with me and we announced yesterday a gift of $1 million from the U.S. Congress to assist with the problem. Please see www.vvmf.org.

Peter Holt, owner of the San Antonio Spurs and decorated combat veteran, is here with a group of veterans who enjoy being in Vietnam after a 40-year absence.

During the trip we will dedicate a school built by Vietnam Veteran donors. We will meet with the American Chamber of Commerce, dine with the U.S. ambassador and also dine with former enemy soldiers.

Our major objective will be to advance the work of Project Renew, which removes bombs and other dangerous ordnance from one of the poorest parts of Vietnam, the Quang Tri Province. We have disarmed or destroyed thousands of pieces of dangerous ordnance and have reduced casualties significantly by educating the school kids on how to avoid and report any deadly ordnance they find.

We are honored to have this opportunity to improve and save the lives of innocent civilians. We have made many friends for America and, this too, is a source of pride. We appreciate the help of everyone including the State Department, private donors and the U.S. Congress in supporting this humanitarian effort.

As a young man I once had a passion for being a soldier and am proud to have served. Now, today in Vietnam, I have appreciation for the opportunity to serve our nation again.

By Jan Scruggs  |  January 11, 2010; 8:45 PM ET  | Category:  satisfaction Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Thank you for the work you do, Jan - excellent post!

Misti Burmeister, your fellow Post contributor

Posted by: Misti Burmeister | January 13, 2010 11:37 AM
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