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with an ongoing, daily commitment to make things better, then we are waging a no-win war against ourselves. I believe a successful marriage is based on finding a cheerleader within your partner to support you and — you them. It’s not about me or you. It’s about us.” Most of us have trouble fulfilling one goal in one lifetime. James has managed to initiate many goals into his life, and in keeping within his positive mind set, there is more to come. As our interview continued, there is little doubt his youthful hopes and dreams didn’t play out as he expected. Nevertheless, he is a man who is not afraid to go after what he wants. He has always had he says, foresight to recognize an opportunity when he sees it, and be able to switch gears in mid-stream to accommodate and accomplish what he needs to do. There were moments of reflection during our interview where etches of past pain and disappointment flashed across his face. Moments of recounting past experiences that were not wanted or intended, but necessary on his path to personal growth and professional expansion. Listening to this man, and learning about the monumental hurdles he has overcome, it’s an exhilarating realization to recognize that here are no limits in our lives as long as we don’t make them, and as long as we stay determined to overcome any obstacles. Growing up, and throughout his school days into college, James refers to himself as the ultimate jock. He loved all sports, and played all sports, but he especially loved playing baseball. From as far back as he can remember his dream and goal, and everything in his mind and body propelled him towards a professional baseball career. Nineteen years old, in collage and playing baseball for the Detroit Tigers in one of the most memorable and important games of his career so far — against the Chicago White Socks. James (a short stop) took the bat in his hands, hit the ball, ran the bases and slid across home base. He also ripped his knee apart and was critically injured. And that was it. All those years of daily baseball practice and hard work, hopes and dreams as he inched his way toward a long, exciting and very lucrative professional baseball career were gone. ST: How does a 19-year old face and recover from such a devastating experience? Living your life until that fateful day had been all about playing professional baseball. Then, in a few minutes it was over forever. JP: I think you just cry. At 19-years old you say to yourself that your life is over. I can’t really remember being 19, but I can remember that day. Because it was an out of town game, after they took me to the hospital and into the operating room, I came out with a full-leg cast on. All my managers wanted to do at that point was get me back home as safely as they could, so they bought me a first-class ticket, and put me on an American Airlines flight back to Cape Cod. I don’t remember much else about my accident, but I remember the plane made one stop in New York. I was on the plane licking my wounds and after we took off, I found myself sitting next to Archie Albright. At 19, I remember thinking I was sitting next to an “old guy” (laughs). Archie was in his 50s. Now that I’m in my 50s, being 50 doesn’t seem old at all. Archie struck up a conversation with me and coming to find out, he was at the game with a few of his buddies and saw my accident. He spent the rest of the flight talking my ear off. By the time we landed he had practically adopted me. I didn’t have a clue who Archie Albright was, or what he did, or how powerful a businessman he was. But on that flight he decided to take me under his wing, hired me to work for him and moved me to New York. I told my parents what I was planning to do and that was it. If I had gone back to Cape Cod to live, my father would have made me immediately go back to college. I moved to New York and worked Monday through Thursday for Archie carrying his briefcase, papers, whatever he needed me to do. On weekends I headed back to Cape Code, and Friday until Sunday worked for my dad in his real estate company with the 35 people who worked there, and helped close leads he had gathered during the week...something I’d done while living at home and going to school. On that plane, I went from a world of hurt recognizing my baseball career was over, to getting a job with a powerful businessman who taught me about finance and investments.

“Looking at the personal and professional relationships between men and women today, if we don’t find an acceptable meeting ground based in partnership with an ongoing, commitment to make things better — then we are waging a no-win war against ourselves. It’s not about me or you. It’s about us.”

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(Archie E. Albright, a Yale Law School graduate was one of the first senior corporate managers recruited by Wall Street in the bull markets of the 1960's. He served as the president and chief executive of the nonpartisan Foreign Policy Association in New York and led two technology companies to increasing sales of billions of dollars before his retirement. He was a premier financier and business mogul. He passed away in 1997).

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