Cream Always Rises to the Top



One of the greatest lessons I ever learned came from my father using this statement.  When I was younger …

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22 thoughts on “Cream Always Rises to the Top

  1. God bless all the “Paw Paw’s” out there and you, it is the strength in their sage words that develop true leaders. `Zoey

  2. dawnsmedley says:

    Love this and will take this forward with me in my doubting moments! Thanks

  3. What a great lesson to learn! Consistency matters. It’s also great that he understood that you had to earn your place. I run into a lot of people now that feel “entitled” and don’t realize that you have to put in the time, you have handle everything being mixed together before you even have a shot at rising to the top. Consistency (and a good attitude) matter.

  4. Nin Ashmore says:

    What a father! I love this story, “let the cream come to the top.” Let who you are shine forth by your own merits.

    We’re brought up, unfortunately, to think that nobody should make mistakes. Most children get de-geniused by the love and fear of their parents – that they might make a mistake. But all my advances were made by mistakes. You uncover what is when you get rid of what isn’t.
    ~Buckminster Fuller

    He was building character into you. Thank the Lord he didn’t talk to the coach to try to make it easy for you. Every Emperor Moth needs the struggle to emerge from the cocoon successfully. Every child has to learn to stand on his own two feet. Working for what you want, proving you can do it and not because Daddy tries to twist the coach’s arm. What a life lesson he taught you, and not just about baseball!

  5. Nin Ashmore says:

    Daddy, has a comforting tone to it. Have a great night as well.

  6. Kerwyn Hodge says:

    Great advice on being consistent, Cranston. It’s especially useful when thrust in a new situation, as you were. Having already proven your worth on one team, you naturally expected your merits to travel with you as you joined a second team. That didn’t happen, an all to common occurrence in sports, and in life. Although our reputation may precede us, each situation is a new dynamic, one that sometimes requires we establish our credentials once again. What a powerful lesson your dad taught in that one simple phrase!

  7. Wow! What amazing value a simple statement can carry.. Your father is very wise.
    Thank you. I loved this. And thank you for the like..

  8. aimeecartier says:

    Beautiful. Simple and beautifully put. I think I’ll remember it too. Thanks your pop. And thanks for posting.

  9. Ankur Mithal says:

    Quite true. And well articulated.

  10. pbolton16 says:

    Great share and what a valuable lesson..

  11. kcg1974 says:

    Your father was a wise man. A lesson to be taught, never to be forgotten. So enjoyed your writing!

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