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Former surgeon general, Dr. Antonia Novello, first woman to ever hold the position, advice students that the best tip to success is to climb, climb, climb. The rousing speech was held at the Salem State University attended by a host of middle schoolers ready to face a new stage in their lives.

Dr. Antonia Novello said in an event hosted by the said university with the Association of Latino professionals for America, that the secret is to climb and never letting others to pull you down. She added that the best revenge one can carry out against those pulling you down is to be successful. The secret is to climb but never forgetting the morals and values given by parents. Persistence is the only key to success and it will not be an easy task but it can be achieved.

The former surgeon general served as first women and Hispanic general surgeon for three and a half years under the administration of President George H.W. Bush and President Bill Clinton. Afterwards she became New York State Health Commissioner and had an integral part in the disaster management during the 9/11 attacks.

The talk was held to educate and inspire the youth to do their best. That the success they are all being told about is achieved not by intelligence alone but my perseverance and the desire to climb. This is the main focus of the talk, Dr. Novello's tip to success. Climb, Climb and Climb. To climb towards the summit of success and peer down on everything you've gone through and say to yourself, this is what I can do, when i put my mind to it. 

The former surgeon general will continue to hold talks in the next few days to lift up the morale of the youth today that even if the environment may be cruel, it is only through the will to persevere can anyone achieve success.

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