The largest group to hold a function at The Elkin Center of Surry Community College as of Tuesday morning, according to Dale Badgett, welcomed Dr. Skip Whitman of Tri-County Orthopedic and Sports Medicine as he presented a short lecture on how he balances his priorities during the Yadkin Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Business Before Hours.
“It’s amazing when you try to do these talks how much you learn about yourself,” noted Whitman. “You try to think about who you are and what’s important to you.
“I’m not very good at this. There have been many times when my life has been way out of balance. What’s important is you get back up, get on it and try again,” encouraged Whitman, who described some of the moments he has been out of balance and the individuals who helped him regain focus.
“One day Father Lee sat me down and asked me a few questions,” explained Whitman. “‘Why do you think God loves you?’ ‘Do you really need all that business in your life?’ ‘Are you making the right choices?’ ‘Are you in balance?’ ‘What do you want your legacy to be?’”
Ever since that conversation, Whitman said, he has been striving for balance by focusing on three things. “You have to identify what it is that God gave you as His gift. We all have a gift and they’re all different. You have to commit to that gift. Be passionate and persistent.”
Whitman was asked to speak because Chamber Board Chairman Gary York thought it important for residents to see, “the blessings that come from how fortunate it is to have outstanding families to move into a community and lift it.”
“I’m a better person because of that relationship [with Whitman],” claimed York. “I watched his ministry. I watched his outreach. I watched his compassion for this community and the service. He and his family have honored us in countless ways.
“I thought it was interesting to hear his personal story,” said Shelia Jones. “I think the great thing about these breakfasts is that we get to hear about the ‘who’ behind the ‘what’. It’s nice to hear their personal stories not just what they’re selling.”
In addition to learning how to balance family, career and community, attendees also were able to acquire more information on the Small Business Center at the Elkin Center. The center is available to help community members with resources and services needed for business including seminars and workshops.
“I can only offer them if we continue to use them,” encouraged Badgett. To find out more about the business center, go to Surry.edu/sbc or contact Badgett directly at 336-386-3685 or [email protected]
The next Business Before Hours will be held on March 28 featuring the branding techniques of Harris Leather and Silverworks. To find out more about the Business Before Hours program, which is free and open to the public, or the Yadkin Valley Chamber, call 336-526-1111.
Beanie Taylor can be reached at 336-258-4058 or on Twitter @TBeanieTaylor.