Uncompromising Commitment

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Since 1988, our mission at Welch Hornsby has been unwavering. Provide uncompromising commitment to build and preserve the wealth of individuals, families, and institutions. It’s more than our philosophy. It’s our life. We are bound by the belief that the most significant investment we can make is the investment in a life of uncompromising commitment. Throughout history, many men and women have made that belief their guiding principle. Their mantra. They voiced opposition when the majority was wrong. They stayed later, worked harder, and ran faster. They imposed self-discipline, tapped into deeper energies, and ignored all distractions until they reached their goals. They saw what was right, pointed their feet in that direction, and walked. Some earned universal fame and recognition for their contributions. Some slipped beneath the public’s gaze. All showed what happens when one commits without compromise. Those men and women inspire us. This website chronicles their stories.

Winston Churchill

He became the symbol of a nation. The pride of Britain. A bastion for freedom. A presence as large as the respect it garnered—fuming cigar lodged within the clenches of his jaw, the harsh accent sounding from his bulldog visage, and two fingers held high in strict defiance in the shape of a “V” for victory. Above all, Winston Churchill became a portrait for perseverance, inspiring millions and uniting young and old, rich and poor in the belief that good shall triumph with a doggedness of a united front.

The people he served identified with him. “Winnie,” as they called him, had guts. “He was us,” said his people. His “finest hours” were theirs, as he persevered not alone and not for his own gain. “We were the lion,” he stated with a confident humility, “I only provided the roar.” But that roar, that call for noble action and unity amongst people, echoed as a bullhorn amplifying to the world that a leader had stepped forward during the blackest of moments in the Second World War. Eisenhower once said of Churchill that, “He lived his years with no thought of the length of time he might be permitted to serve. He was concerned only with the quality of service he could render to his country and to humanity.”

Winston Churchill offered his “blood, tears, toil and sweat,” in brave defiance against a force he so deeply wished to defend against, not for his own good, but for his people. For the ideals he held dear, the same ideals that the Pilgrims clung to as they crossed the sea toward freedom, he believed were worth every ounce of his effort. And his effort fortified by his courage bolstered him against an evil while other men may have settled.

His speeches alone provided the impact of an army, his words riding in on cavalry, flanking in the enemy and sounding as trumpet cry into battle. When victory he so proselytized seemed like an ephemeral dream, he summoned the gumption of a wearied and afraid people. He evoked the pride in a people and a passion for persistence. He “braced himself to his duties.”

Contentment was not in Winston Churchill’s character. Enough was never enough. In political life, he stepped outside his bounds, and he shocked with his sometimes-tactless comments—his faults came in earnest from an honest and authentic ardor. With cards stacked against him in the war, with Britain feeling like it would crumble under the weight of evil, that ardor held a candle of hope, and his words inspired the people to fan it into a wildfire. In those days of darkness of World War II, Churchill in fact began planning his own funeral, not for fear of losing—no, losing was not an option—but with confidence that should he be called to die for his country and for freedom in the world, so he should die. He recognized the travail that lay before him, and he firmly believed, as he quoted Lindsay Gordon to Mrs. Franklin Roosevelt, that one should “persevere to earn the season of rest.”

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After Churchill’s passing in 1964, Harold Macmillan addressed the House of Commons with a tribute to their inspiring leader, “If I were to try to sum up his true character, I can think of no words more appropriate than those which he himself has written on the flyleaf of each volume of his history in the Second World War.

‘In war: resolution.
In defeat: defiance.
In victory: magnanimity.
In peace: good will.’”

Churchill’s legacy of resolute perseverance echoes still in the hearts of many. A mantra plays in their heads, a bulldog bark shouting “Never, never, never give in,” inspires persistence and courage.

“I think when you study the life of a man like Winston Churchill,” John Hornsby, Chairman of Welch Hornsby states, “the study very quickly reveals that everything did not come easily. There were always ups and downs, good times and bad, but what makes anyone succeed, in business or in life, is the ability to stay committed to the idea that giving up is not an option. Staying the course, led by integrity and courage, will most assuredly take you over the finish line.”

Eddie Welch, CEO and President of Welch Hornsby, has the honor of spreading Churchill’s message of humble defiance to younger generations. “I have coached youth baseball for years. Aside from helping young men with the development of athletic skills, I sincerely hope they have learned that giving up is not an option. And that sometimes they will strike out, or will lose a tough game, or fail a test, or have their heart broken. Sometimes in life they will just fall down—maybe even a lot of times. Falling down does not make them better, it’s getting back up that does.”

It was said that tears came as quickly and naturally to Churchill as his gruff bellows. That authenticity, that whole-heartedness in all endeavors, especially those that selflessly fought for the nobility and honor of freedom, continues to inspire millions toward victory.

In our lives that, day in and day out, may seem toilsome, we are inspired by the man who stepped forward as a great leader, a man who led nations in a charge against seemingly unbeatable odds, and a man that believed that at all costs, we should “never, never, never give up.”

His was an investment in a life of uncompromising commitment.

Marie Curie

Albert Einstein once said of Marie Curie that she was “of all celebrated beings, the only one whom fame has not corrupted.” Though she was the first female to win a Nobel Prize and the first person ever to be awarded two of them, Marie Curie operated under the constant inner-affirmation that all men and women were open to equal opportunities, and that the marvelous findings of her scientific work were indeed not hers to own—they belonged to the world.

She was born in Warsaw, Poland, during a time of Russian subjectivity and of a time when many women were excluded from higher education. She was the daughter of a teacher and was determined to have an impact on the scientific world—an impact that would not be self-serving, but one that would prove to serve millions of people for generations to come. Her work alongside her beloved husband and scientific companion, Pierre Curie, led to greater understanding of radiation and its potentially life-saving ability to destroy cancerous cells. It also led to her establishing X-ray centers in field hospitals to help battlefield surgeons alleviate pain and suffering for French soldiers in World War I.

The road to her success was arduous and serpentine. A woman in a field that was, generally, a man’s, she proved that a brilliant mind and dedication can lead to profound work. And due to the nature of the work she and Pierre were doing, she worked for years in dreadful conditions, in uninsulated sheds, hardly sheltered from the elements while taxing both her mental prowess and physical abilities. Marie wrote, “I had to spend a whole day mixing a boiling mass with a heavy iron rod nearly as large as myself. I would be broken with fatigue at the day’s end.” But steadfast in her mission, finding joy in the struggles where she found ultimate payoff, Marie also wrote that her years in that “miserable shed” were “the best and happiest” times of her life.

Working for the future of the scientific community, paving a way for learners of all sorts, male or female, and ultimately discovering life-changing possibilities through her studies of radiation, Marie Curie lived a life of passion and steadfastness.

Two-time Nobel Prize winner, the first female professor in France, and founder of world-renowned laboratories, but above all, Marie Curie was an unrelenting champion for her science and a determined champion for others.

Hers was an investment in a life of uncompromising commitment.

 

Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall, though now world renowned for her ground-breaking studies of chimpanzees and her tireless activism, was a far-from-likely scientific pioneer. Born in London, England to middle- class parents in the post-war years, Goodall’s passion for Africa and for animals began at an early age. Tarzan novels and Dr. Dolittle stories piqued her interest in Africa and animals, and in a time when women were expected to be  housewives and mothers, Goodall knew her dreams would carry her to a life of adventure, travel, and study in Africa and around the world.

Her dreams of travel came true as she obtained a secretarial job and lived on a farm in Kenya. Having heard of the illumination work that archaeologists and paleontologists Mary and Louis Leaky were performing in the Olduvai Gorge, and with the encouragement of a dear friend, Goodall contacted Louis Leakey requesting a meeting.

Inspired by her boundless ambition, commitment, work ethic, and her interest in the study of chimpanzees, Leakey raised funds to send Goodall to Tanzania (known as Tanganyika at the time) for research. Leakey saw the benefit of primate study to his investigation of ancient human life, and even though Goodall had no formal training or scientific education, he invested in her efforts and sent her to Gombe Stream National Park.

During her first trip to Gombe Stream National Park, Goodall immersed herself in the dangerous African wild, risking endangerment from wildlife and disease, in pursuit of knowledge about the chimpanzees she so longed to study. Spending nearly every day for two years near the chimpanzees on the reserve, Goodall earned the trust of the chimps and garnered groundbreaking insight into the life of primates, humans, and the scientific and ethical relationships that exist between humans and wildlife.

After her endeavor in Gombe Stream National Park, Leakey insisted that she obtain her PhD. With no bachelor’s degree or previous study, Goodall earned her PhD from Cambridge University in 1965, becoming the 8th person to receive the degree without a bachelor’s.

Since then, Goodall has spent much time in Africa and around the world, not only advancing the study of chimpanzees and other wildlife, but also serving as an activist for wildlife and natural environments. Goodall recognized the spiritual nature of the environment around her, the connectedness between all life, and has traveled the world over in her mission to educate and raise awareness.

A visionary in her field, a leader among activists, and an iron-willed woman of perseverance, Jane Goodall has lived an inspiring life of commitment to her personal goals and to the health and well being of all living things.

Hers was an investment in a life of uncompromising commitment.