Patience is a key in life. My parents always told me that I was patient. In today's impatient society, I constantly remind myself how important it is for me to stay focused on what I believe and to stay patient. Adversity has a way of testing patience. Loyalty in snowboarding, at least the industry, is questionable. So many people claim loyalty to a brand or product, or even to me as their agent. But it is also really interesting when those same people show their true colors because they become impatient and lose their focus. Terje is someone who seems to share the patience and loyalty that I value. He's been with Burton since his start in snowboarding and his loyalty doesn't seem to waver. He has stayed true to himself when he has taken a stand publicly and he has the patience to stay loyal to his beliefs. He and I seem to share the same intense stoke for snowboarding and to help the future generations see it in a similar way. I can't say I'm best friends with Mr. Haakonsen; But I can say we are true friends because every time I see him, he definitely takes time to say hello and ask how I am doing. To me, that's loyalty to our friendship. What we both may share is the knowledge that all of us have time to figure things out. Patience is a key to that mindset of confidence. I hope all the kids who think they need to conquer the snowboard world immediately can learn a thing or two about patience and loyalty. Look at Terje: 37 years young and still making all of our jaws drop. Banked Slalom victory on a Sunday to winning the quarter pipe highest air at The World Snowboarding Championships the next Friday. Awe inspiring. Think about it.

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