MONTGOMERY—U.S. Rep. Bobby Bright shared three traits for success with graduates at Troy University’s Montgomery Campus during the summer commencement ceremony on Monday, July 26.
Bright delivered the keynote address during the ceremony, which was held at 7 p.m. inside the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts. About 140 students received degrees this summer at the Montgomery Campus.
Bright said successful people often share the key traits of hard work, courage and impeccable integrity. He urged the graduates to embody these traits as they pursue success in future endeavors.
He said that no degree or pedigree can ever substitute for the value of hard work.
“So many waste advantages given to them; so many do great things in life despite all odds,” Bright said. “It’s about what is inside you, not what is given to you that will make you successful.”
Bright reminded graduates that they will likely face hardships and difficulties in pursuing their goals. He urged them to have courage and believe in themselves.
“Successful people have courage, the courage to believe that no matter where or how they grew up, they can be whoever they want to be,” Bright said.
Finally, Bright told graduates that integrity is the most important trait for successful people. No amount of wealth or success is worth the loss of your integrity, he said. “Integrity is the basis for who we are, of what we are,” Bright said. “It’s not just something practiced on the short term, but must be a way of life. It must be woven into the very fabric of our souls.”
Bright was elected in 2009 to represent Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Prior to that, he served nine years as the mayor of Montgomery.
As a member of Congress, Bright serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Agriculture and Small Business Committees.