Success is not about luck.
It’s not about skill.
It’s not about resources.
It is not... about how hard you work.

Those things are important.  Success requires you use all your resources, continually grow your skills, and work very hard on those things that are within your control.

What really matters is that you persevere in the face of failure, every time...
You need to work relentlessly to chase excellence, for as long as it takes.
If you can maintain your enthusiasm for the journey, when you eventually get a little luck… you’ll be ready.

Every time.
For as long as it takes.

Success in our sport, is a lot like success in life.

Vielkind Raisin Brownies

After "overwhelming demand" from the Day 21/22's post, I passed along the requests to my mother for her brownie recipe.  Her response is below.
I love that "Brownies are an iterative process."

This recipe is intended for anyone willing to take the easy route:
1.  Buy a box of Brownie mix (any brand you like or think you'll like because it looks appealing on the box).
2.  Follow the directions regarding additional ingredients (water? oil? eggs?) and mix well.
3.  Add broken/chopped walnuts AND  handfuls of raisins and stir again to incorporate them.  This step COULD BE iterative, depending on the baker.
4.  Bake according to package directions, but remember to test before totally removing the pan from the oven.
5.  ENJOY and accept the fact that brownies need both walnuts and raisins to satisfy one particular Robowrangler mentor and blogger.  
6.  Convert -- this is NOT the dark side; the force will be with you.

For those of you who would NEVER purchase a boxed brownie mix, use your own homemade recipe and add walnuts and raisins (step 3 above).

Love to all -- I'll be cheering you on from upstate New York!
-Paula Vielkind
Proud Mom and Team 148 Fan

Robowrangler Design - Systems Integration

Scott McMahon from FRC2468 recently asked me to blog about how the Robowranglers do systems integration.  I demurred: "It's not a very good process.  The process is organic.  The process is informal.  Showcasing our dysfunction may not be as educational as you'd expect of hope.”  Scott rebutted: "...every team should celebrate who they are and how they get things done; quirks and all.  There is no perfect mix."  Scott seems like a pretty wise man, and I should probably just do what he says.  Here we go...

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