POB Agency with American Family Insurance teams with Special Olympics Indiana

IMG_0417Pat, Tom, and Indiana’s State Director, Matt, along with a few friends and professional peers had a great time representing title sponsor, American Family Insurance, at the Special Olympics Charity Golf Classic at Prairie View Golf Course July 16th.

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Along with the Indianapolis Colts and Enterprise, American Family Insurance worked in conjunction with Special Olympics Indiana to host a day of golf in Carmel, Indiana.  Not only was it an honor and a lot of fun, the proceeds from the event benefited Special Olympics Indiana.

IMG_0419The opportunity to host the golf classic is key for Special Olympics Indiana as it provides a chance for sponsor appreciation, developing relationships with new sponsors –all while generating critical funds that support over 11,000 Special Olympics Indiana athletes.

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Special Olympics Indiana is a not-for-profit organization that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in more than 20 Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, reaching more than 11,000 athletes across Indiana. Special Olympics Indiana is part of the international network of accredited Special Olympics Programs that reaches nearly 4 million athletes with intellectual disabilities worldwide.

We think the Special Olympics Athlete Oath should be embraced by all athletes of all ages and abilities:  Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.

IMG_0423For anyone who is looking for the opportunity and experience, Special Olympics Indiana offers multiple internship opportunities each semester, including internships in the field of communications, special events, and sports and programs.

Click here for more info.

Shawna O’Brien
The Patrick D. O’Brien Agency

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8 Ways to Have Integrity – In your Public & Private Life

Have you ever looked up the word, Integrity in the dictionary?  I admit, I had not.  Here’s what it says:
 
“Integrity” Road Sign with dramatic clouds and sky.in·teg·ri·ty
inˈtegritē/
noun
noun: integrity
  1. 1.
    the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness.
    “he is known to be a man of integrity”
    synonyms: honesty, probity, rectitude, honor, good character, principle(s), ethics, morals, righteousness, morality, virtue, decency, fairness, scrupulousness, sincerity, truthfulness, trustworthiness

Integrity is what you do when no one is watching; it’s doing the right thing all the time, even when it may work to your disadvantage.  I was raised on the 10 commandments and the golden rule.   Running a business and raising young people keep “doing the right thing” at the forefront of daily decisions. 

How we conduct ourselves in public and private life is crucial to the legacy we leave behind.  Maybe that’s why Pat loves golf so much.  It’s such a great life-lesson game.  It’s the only professional sport where the participants call penalties on themselves. 
 
We’re not perfect, of course, but the following (condensed from this article) is a good read whenever we need a reminder of how best to be honest, true, noble, trustworthy, and kind to family and customers.
 
1.    Root yourself in a moral foundation. 
 
2.    Look for the positive. 
 
3.    Resist the temptation to compartmentalize your life. 
 
4.    Determine to live for others ahead of yourself (Golden Rule).  
 
5.    Participate in an active accountability group. 
 
6.    Partner with a friend where you need to make progress.  That person should “hold your feet to the fire”. 
 
7.    Be in the habit of sharing EVERYTHING with your spouse (if you are married).  Keeping secrets, big or small, tends to have an impact on who we are
 
8.    Practice the habit of imagining the presence of someone whose opinion you value (Father, Grandparent, Spouse, your children) when conducting yourself with others.
 
And, if applicable, hold your children accountable.  Every lesson we bring to our children is something we need to hear too.
 
As mentioned at the beginning, “integrity is what you do when no one is watching; it’s doing the right thing all the time, even when it may work to your disadvantage. Integrity is keeping your word. Integrity is that internal compass and rudder that directs you to where you know you should go when everything around you is pulling you in a different direction. Some people think reputation is the same thing as integrity, but they are two different things. Your reputation is the public perception of your integrity. Because it’s other people’s opinions of you, it may or may not be accurate. Others determine your reputation, but only you determine your integrity”.
 
How do you maintain integrity in your public and private life?

– S.O.
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