Monday, June 23, 2014

I Did It

I Did It

Next to the phrase, “I love you,” I think “I did it” has to be the second most magical three word phrase in the Universe.

This weekend, I had the chance to experience the graduation at Colorado Technical University, where 850 adult learners earned degrees ranging from Associates to Doctoral degrees.

The graduates ranged in age from 17 to 79. As they walked across the stage to receive their hard earned degrees, I felt a small shift in the balance of power.

There were active military, vets and wounded warriors. There were women so pregnant that they could barely make it across the stage. Graduates were wheeled on and escorted. There were husbands and wives and fathers and sons. Folks had come from every state and from countries from all around the world. They were one of the most diverse groups I’d ever seen and yet they all had this in common; all were willing to put in the hours to be able to say, “I did it.”
They were willing to change the story in their head from “I can’t” to “I can.”

At some time in our lives, we’ve all been told that we can’t, but you can.

Make a goal

Make a plan

Surround yourself with positive thoughts, people and ideas.

Be prepared (preparation beats will power)

Do it

Say I did it

Do this daily with anything you want to see happen and when it does, say "I did it" and pass it on.

Be you, be well, be doing it.

Bertice Berry, PhD.



  1. Dr. B. Berry following APA format (smile) your address at my graduation (this past weekend) has had the most powerful impact in not only my life but my momma's (Yes I said it), my BFF's & my life! We want more! I was the BS screamer! We talked about you all weekend!

  2. Dr. Berry is the spoken truth. She has lived the American dream and continues to inspire others to reach their full potential.

    F. Gadson
    Nova Southeastern University '12