Posted by Gerry Sawyer on Aug 21, 2018
Professor Roger Cram has spent nearly two decades studying the Tuskeegee Airmen. His new book identifies 14 key values behind their success.
Professor Roger Cram has a bachelor's degree from Hiram College, an MBA from Kent State University, and a summa cum laude degree in Economics. He is a Phi Beta Kappa, has been a police chief, flight instructor, and a professor.
While working with the Tuskeegee Airmen to determine why they were successful, he created a matrix of the 14 values of true heroes, based on over 20 years of research.
The values demonstrated by the Tuskeegee Airmen can be classified as Behavior, Change, Vision, Obstacles, Self-esteem, Compassion, Courage, Perseverance, Trust, Conflict, Character, Judging, Recognition and Values.
When Professor Cram introduced the results of his research to a class he was teaching at Hiram, the students were skeptical and unimpressed. They wanted to see if regular people – people with little money or life assets – would ever be successful by adheropting the values in question. To answer that question, Cram headed off to South Africa. There he identified true heroes who had nothing in terms of possessions, but who had great success and who demonstrated the same qualities ascribed to the Tuskeegee Airmen.
For example, Glenys van Halter from South Africa started a school under a tree with 18 students. On the next day she had 47 students. She asked a church which owned the land the tree was on for land for a school. Her request was rebuffed over and over again, yet she persisted. She asked 48 weeks in a row and was finally given the land.
Roger noted that Thomas Edison tried 1384 experiments before he successfully made a filament capable of lighting a bulb on the 1385th try. He didn’t feel he failed 1384 times. Instead, he described his effort as a 1385 step process.
The Flower Man in South Africa had nothing but began to make flowers from soft drink cans. Today he supports six families with his profits.
Ryan Hreljac from Canada collected $70 for a water well in Africa as a child who mistakenly believed that's how much you needed to dig a well. When told that a well costs thousands of dollars, he chose to "work even harder" to raise the needed funds. Today he has funded 365 wells and latrines.
Eighty famous people are in his new book which is has just finished, titled World Heros of Peace. He is searching for a publisher. Here is his contact information.Roger F. Cram 330 569-0642