My youngest daughter recently graduated from Texas A&M University and began her career as a second grade teacher. A neighbor loaned her a book entitled "Secrets of Discipline" by Ronald G. Morrish. I was paging through this book and encountered the following story which I believe provides a perfect segue into why I founded TriPro.

"Consider this true story that formed the basis for a television documentary. Not only does it provide great insight, its ending is a real surprise.

"Khaled had spent his life herding camels across the deserts of Saudi Arabia and Egypt. He had no formal education. His father had been a camel herder and his grandfather before him. Everything he needed to know had been passed down from generation to generation.

"The camel drive was difficult. Even though the camels were stubborn and temperamental, they had to be kept moving. Otherwise, the herders would be attacked by bandits who lay in wait in the desert. Move too fast, however, and the camels would lose weight which would lower their value in the market in Cairo.

"There were also large areas of shale which had to be crossed. The camels' feet had to be protected with leather 'shoes' or else they would go lame. Since lame camels would slow down the drive and make everyone an easy target for the bandits, they would have to be destroyed. That would upset the owners and the herders would lose their pay.

"On the last night of the drive, everyone was sitting around a fire discussing the problems that had occurred on the journey. The commentator turned towards Khaled and said, 'I want you to know that I'm really impressed with everything you've learned from experience.' Khaled leaned back and laughed. ' We have an old saying', he replied.

" 'It's the unlucky who learn from experience. The lucky learn from the experience of others.' "

(Morrish, Ronald G. "Secrets of Discipline", Woodstream Publishing, Fonthill, Ontario 1998, pp. 10,11.)