Thank you to Slim and Husky’s and the Pencil Foundation for visiting LEAD Southeast middle and high schools today to meet with about 50 students. The students were greeted with a special surprise, free pizza coupons, as part of a partnership between the local company and non-profit foundation in support of education across Nashville.
During the visit, Slim and Husky’s co-owner E.J. Reed took some time to speak with students about the importance of staying focused in school and living with principles.
“Take advantage of this time you have now,” Reed told the students. “Learn how to be a better person. Whatever it is, you have to educate yourself. There is no cheat code to success.”
Reed, who was accompanied by Esther Bailey-Bass from the Pencil Foundation, fielded questions from juniors Rebika Basnet, Nardia Reaves, Kalen Jackson and Faith Oboh during his visit. Basnet asked him the LEAD Ethos: committed, courageous, disciplined, self-reliant and serving others.
“Those Ethos are some of the principles that I have always believed in,” said Reed, who named “disciplined” and “committed” as Ethos that resonate the most.
“Being disciplined is something that is so important in life,” Reed said. It’s not just behavior. Discipline is about your consistent actions leading to a positive result. No success comes without being disciplined.”
“It’s your passion. You’re going after what you want in a very consistent and continuous way.”