DON YAEGER'S 16 CONSISTENT CHARACTERISTICS OF GREATNESS
1. IT'S PERSONAL....They hate to lose more than they love to win!
2. RUBBING ELBOWS....They understand the value of relationships.
3. BELIVE....They have faith in a higher power.
4. CONTAGIOUS ENTHUSIASM....They are positive thinkers...enthusiastic...and that enthusiasm rubs off.
5. HOPE FOR THE BEST, BUT...They prepare for all possibilities before they step onj the court 6. WHAT OFF-SEASON...They are always working for the next game...The goal is what's ahead
...and there's always something ahead.
VICTORY...They see victory before the game begins.
8. INNER FIRE...They use adversity as fuel.
9. ICE IN THEIR VEINS....They are risk-takers and don't fear making a mistake.
10. WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS...They know how and when to adjust their game plan.
11.ULTIMATE TEAMMATE...They will assume whatever role is necessary for their team to win
12. NOT JUST ABOUT THE BENJAMINS...They don't play just for the money.
13. DO UNTO OTHERS...They know character is defined by how they treat those who cannot help them.
14. WHEN NO ONE IS WATCHING...They are comfortable in the mirror...They live their life with integrity.
15. WHEN EVERYONE IS WATCHING...They embrace the idea of being a role model.
16. RECORDS ARE MADE TO BE BROKEN...They know their legacy isn't what they did on the field. They are well-rounded.
"THE TRUTH ABOUT QUICKNESS"
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* Those who don’t read are no better than those who can't.
* Worrying is as useful as trying to catch smoke.
Have you ever watched kids on a merry-go-round
Or listened to rain slapping on the ground?
Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight
Or gazed at the sun fading into the night?
You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,
Time is short, the music won’t last.
Do you run through each day on the fly?
When you ask, “How are you?” do you hear the reply?
When the day is done, do you lie in your bed
With the next hundred chores running through your head?
You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,
Time is short, the music won’t last.
Ever told your child, “We’ll do it tomorrow,”
And in your haste not seen his sorrow?
Ever lost touch, let a good friendship die,
’Cause you never had time to call and say hi?
You better slow down, don’t dance so fast,
Time is short, the music won’t last.
When you run so fast to get somewhere,
You miss half the fun of getting there.
When you worry and hurry through your day,
It’s like an unopened gift thrown away.
Life is not a race, so take it slower,
Hear the music before your song is over.
Law of the Garbage Truck
One day I hopped in a taxi and we took off for the airport. We were driving in the right lane when suddenly a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us.
My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, skidded, and missed the other car by just inches! The driver of the other car whipped his head around and started yelling at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was really friendly.
So I asked, 'Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!"
This is when my taxi driver taught me what I now call, 'The Law of the Garbage Truck.'
He explained that many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment.
As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it and sometimes they'll dump it on you. Don't take it personally.
Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Don't take their garbage and spread it to other people at work, at home, or on the streets.
The bottom line is that successful people do not let garbage trucks take over their day. Life's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so ... Love the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don't.
Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it!
THE GOLDEN EAGLE
A man found an eagle's egg and put it in the nest of a backyard hen. The eaglet hatched with the brood of chicks and grew up with them.
All his life the eagle did what the backyard chickens did, thinking he was a backyard chicken. He scratched the earth for worms and insects. He clucked and cackled. And he would thrash his wings and fly a few feet into the air.
Years passed and the eagle grew very old. One day he saw a magnificent bird far above him in the cloudless sky. It glided in graceful majesty among the powerful wind currents, with scarcely a beat of its strong golden wings.
The old eagle looked up in awe, "Who's that?" he asked.
"That's the eagle, the king of the birds," said his neighbor. "He belongs to the sky. We belong to the earth--we're chickens."
So the eagle lived and died a chicken, for that's what he thought he was.
*"You can't get much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good." ...Jerry West
*"Commitment to the team - there is no such thing as in-between, you are either in or out."...Pat Riley
A Dog's Purpose
(from a 6-year-old)
Being a veternarian I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.
I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the
family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.
As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.
The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker's
family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting
the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.
The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any
difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's
death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are
shorter than human lives.
Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, 'I know why.'
Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next
stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation.
He said, 'People are born so that they can learn how to live a good
life -- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?'
The Six-year-old continued, 'Well, dogs already know how to do
that, so they don't have to stay as long.'
So live like a dog:
Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.
Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.
Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
Take naps. Stretch before rising.
Run, romp, and play daily.
Thrive on attention and let people touch you.
Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.
On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass..
On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.
When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.
Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.
Never pretend to be something you're not.
If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.
When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle
ENJOY EVERY MOMENT
OF EVERY DAY
THE POWER OF "WE"
As a leader, do you honor and appreciate the power of WE? Do you stop to thank and recognize the members of your team? Do you consistently show an attitude of gratitude?
The story of Charles Plumb is inspiring and emphasizes the value of each individual of a team. Captain Charles Plumb, a graduate of the Naval Academy, whose plane, after 74 successful combat missions over North Vietnam, was shot down. He parachuted to safety, but was captured, tortured and spent 2,103 days in a small box-like cell.
After surviving the ordeal, Captain Plumb received the Silver Star, Bronze Star, the Legion of Merit and two Purple Hearts, and returned to America and spoke to many groups about his experience and how it compared to the challenges of every day life.
Shortly after coming home, Charlie and his wife were sitting in a restaurant. A man rose from a nearby table, walked over and said, "You're Plumb! You flew jet fighters in Vietnam from the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk . You were shot down!"
Surprised that he was recognized, Charlie responded, "How in the world did you know that?" The man replied, "I packed your parachute." Charlie looked up with surprise. The man pumped his hand, gave a thumbs-up, and said, "I guess it worked!"
Charlie stood to shake the man's hand, and assured him, "It most certainly did work. If it had not worked, I would not be here today."
Charlie could not sleep that night, thinking about the man. He wondered if he might have seen him and not even said, "Good morning, how are you?" He thought of the many hours the sailor had spent bending over a long wooden table in the bottom of the ship, carefully folding the silks and weaving the shrouds of each chute, each time holding in his hands the fate of someone he didn't know.
Plumb then began to realize that along with the physical parachute, he needed mental, emotional and spiritual parachutes. He had called on all these supports during his long and painful ordeal.
As a leader, how many times a day, a week, a month, do we pass up the opportunity to thank those people in our organization who are "packing our parachutes?"
POEM, written by Katey Pittman
Hours in the gym, Shooting shot after shot, This place has no a/c And man is it hot.
She works from her heart, Bleedig passion and fire, With sweat on her forehead, She doesnt show that she's tired.
Even after a game, she will not rest, she stays in the gym, and she will be the best.
Teamwork is key, a skill not lacked, she plays for the name on the front, not the one on the back.
My team comes first, and after that, me bc before you wear the colors, you have to be a team.
"A winner stops talking when
he has made his point; A loser goes on until he has blunted
his point."...Mel Gibson
* "Anyone can
support a team that is winning - it takes no courage. But to stand
behind a team to defend a team when it is down and really needs you,
that takes a lot of courage."
-- Bart Starr
Life is like riding a bike. It's impossible
to maintain balance while standing still. ..unknown
* "To the person who does not know
where he wants to go, there is no favorable wind."...Seneca
you do more than you're paid to do, you will eventually be paid more
for what you do."....Zig Ziglar
* "The more they trusted me, the less
I could afford to make a mistake."...
Chinese film director (b. 1950)
"You can't stop at every dog that barks
or you'll never get the mail delivered."....Phog
"When you get to where you are going,
the first thing you do is take care of the horse that got you there."....unknown
"One old friend is better than two
BILLY DONOVAN'S ATTITUDE
making today my best day
in a job well done
others with respect
my negative thoughts
tasks as opportunities
my talents every day
job right the first time
positive outcomes daily
well of others every day
1) You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
2) You cannot help small men by tearing down big men.
3) You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
4) You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
5) You cannot help the poor man by destroying the rich.
6) You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than your income.
7) You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class
8) You cannot establish security on borrowed money.
9) You cannot build character and courage by taking away men's
initiative and independence.
10) You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they
could and should do for themselves.
"There are two very difficult things
in the world. One is to make a name for oneself and the other s to
"The two ingredients in success in
basketball are playing hard and playing intelligently"...
"If you want to discover a man's weak
points, let him do all the talking while you do all the listening."...Mel
"The most destitute man in the world
is the one without a smile."...unknown
"People who are very good at making
excuses are rarely good at anything else."...Ben
In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10-year-old
boy entered a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put
a glass of water in front of him. "How much is an ice cream sundae?"
"Fifty cents," replied the waitress.
The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket
and studied the coins in it. "Well, how much is a plain dish
of ice cream?" he inquired. By now, more people were waiting
for a table and the waitress was growing impatient.
"Thirty-five cents," she brusquely replied.
The little boy again counted his coins. "I'll
have the plain ice cream," he said.
The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill
on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid
the cashier and left. When the waitress came back, she began to cry
as she wiped down the table. There, placed neatly beside the empty
dish, were two nickels and five pennies. You see, he couldn't have
the sundae, because he had to have enough left to leave her a tip.
One night, at 11:30 PM, an older African American
woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure
a lashing rainstorm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed
a ride. Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car.
A young white man stopped to help her, generally unheard of in
those conflict-filled 1960s. The man took her to safety, helped her
get assistance and put her into a taxicab. She seemed to be in a big
hurry, but wrote down his address and thanked him.
Seven days went by and a knock came on the man's door. To his
surprise, a giant console color TV was delivered to his home. A special
note was attached. It read: "Thank you so much for assisting
me on the highway the other night. The rain drenched not only my clothes,
but also my spirits. Then you came along. Because of you, I was able
to make it to my dying husband's bedside just before he passed away.
God bless you for helping me and unselfishly serving others. Sincerely,
Mrs. Nat King Cole. "
LOOK FORWARD TO THE OPPORTUNITY TO HELP OTHERS:
One night, at 11:30 PM, an older African American woman
was standing on the side of an Alabama highway trying to endure a lashing
rainstorm. Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride.
Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car.
A young white man stopped to help her, generally unheard of in those
conflict-filled 1960s. The man took her to safety, helped her get assistance
and put her into a taxicab. She seemed to be in a big hurry, but wrote
down his address and thanked him.
Seven days went by and a knock came on the man's door. To his surprise,
a giant console color TV was delivered to his home. A special note was
attached. It read: "Thank you so much for assisting me on the highway
the other night. The rain drenched not only my clothes, but also my
spirits. Then you came along. Because of you, I was able to make it
to my dying husband's bedside just before he passed away. God bless
you for helping me and unselfishly serving others. Sincerely, Mrs. Nat
King Cole. "
Apparently the best way to get more out of life is to put more into
The more you lean on someone else, the less are your chances for
People forget how fast you did a job--but they remember how well
you did it.
A man who knows he doesn't know it all knows a lot.
WHAT MATTERS IN LIFE
Some people understand life better.
And they call some of these people "retarded"...
At the Seattle Special Olympics, nine contestants, all physically or
mentally disabled, assembled at the starting line for the 100-yard dash.
At the gun, they all started out, not exactly in a dash, but with a
to run the race to the finish and win.
All, that is, except one little boy who stumbled on the asphalt, tumbled
over a couple of times, and began to cry. The other eight heard the
They slowed down and looked back. Then they all turned around and went
back every one of them. One girl with Down's Syndrome bent down and
him and said,"This will make it better."
Then all nine linked arms and walked together to the finish line.
Everyone in the stadium stood, the cheering went on for several minutes.
People who were there are still telling the story... Why? Because deep
down we know this one thing: What matters in this life is more than
What matters in this life is helping others win, even if it means
slowing down and changing our course.
* "The biggest mistake an athlete can
make is to be afraid to make one."....anonymous
* "Smile when picking
up the phone. The caller will hear it in your voice."...Jackson
Brown, Jr. (Ed.Note: Coaches, don't pass over this lightly....call
into your office and check how your coaches, secretaries, and other
helpers answer the phone...then coach them to improve)
*"Many athletes have
tremendous God-given gifts, but they don't focus on the development
of those gifts. Who are these individuals? You've never heard of them--
and you never will. It's true in sports and it's true everywhere in
life. Hard work is the difference. Very hard work."....John
*"When you do more than
you're paid to do, you will eventually be paid more for what you do."....Zig
Ziglar (Ed.Note: How many times have you heard someone say, "I'm
not paid to do that"? Quit worrying what you are paid to
do and begin paying attention to what needs to be done on a job)
RULES FROM HALL OF FAME COACH PETE NEWELL:
1. Get better shots than your opponent and
get more of those better shots.
2. Look to run every possession.
3. Handle the ball with sureness.
4. Be hard to guard. Help each other get open.
5. Get fouled. Make more than your opponent attempts.
6. Offensive board coverage.
7. Transition and talk; defensive fast break.
8. Know who you are guarding, his number, & his game.
9. Ball Pressure; early help and quick recovery. Ubiquitous.
10. Shut down a scorer in the post; "No Threes to a Three".
11. Shot pressure; change or alter.
12. Smart fouls only.
13. B.O.P.C.R.O. - Block out, Pursue, Chin, Rebound, Outlet
ALWAYS BE YOUR BEST!
When you think it doesnt matter
if you fail or pass the test.
Keep in mind the reason why
you should always be your best.
While the whole world may not notice
if you tried to give your all,
there is a person in you
to whom it matters if you fall.
That little voice inside you -
which directs your thoughts each day -
will make the final judgement
if you won or lost each day.
Never can you fail yourself
if you give it all youve got.
The world extends a hand to you
when you give life your best shot.
For all that really matters
when you're finished with your test,
is not the final score at all -
but did you do your best?
- Tom Krause
TOUCHING HEARTS-TEACHING GREATNESS
International Motivational Speaker
* "The more they trusted
me, the less I could afford to make a mistake."...
Zhang Yimou, Chinese film director
* "I have no individual
goals. We play for one reason and that's to win the title. Practice
is more important than the games, and I will practice when I'm hurt,
when 95 percent of the players in this league would sit out. I expect
all of you to do the same thing. You will follow my lead."....Michael
Jordan to the Chicago Bulls. And follow they did. (ED. What a
great quote to be on locker room bulletin boards!)
* "The biggest failure
of all is the person that never tries"...Dr. Larry Kimsey
* Speaking about star guard
Jameer Nelson, Coach Phil Martelli said,
"He has tremendous respect for his teammates, and because he gives
respect, he gets respect."
* "I always talked to
my players about today. It's the only day that matters."...John
ALWAYS MAINTAIN A POSITIVE ATTITUDE
Many years ago, a large American shoe manufacturer
sent two sales reps out to different parts of the Australian outback
to see if they could drum up some business among the aborigines. Some
time later, the company received telegrams from both agents. The first
one said, "No business here...natives don't wear shoes." The
second one said, "Great opportunity here...natives don't wear shoes!"
If you're in charge and you stop rowing,
don't be surprised if the rest of your crew stops too.
From the time I was little I knew I was great
`cause the people would tell me -"you`ll make
it - just wait."
But they never did tell me how great I would
if I ever played someone who was greater than
When I`m in my backyard -I`m king with the
To swish all those baskets is no sweat at
But all of a sudden there`s a man in my face
who doesn`t seem to realize - I`m king of
So the pressure gets to me - I rush with the
My passes to teammates could fly through the
My jumpers not falling - my dibbles not sure.
My hand is not steady - my eye is not pure.
The fault is my teammates - they don`t understand.
The fault is my coach`s - what a terrible
The fault is the call by that blind referee
but the fault is not mine - I`m the greatest
Then finally it hits me when I started to see
that the face in the mirror looks exactly
It wasn`t my teammates who were dropping the
and it wasn`t my coach shooting bricks at
That face in the mirror that was always so
had some room for improvement - instead of
So I stopped blaming others and I started
My play got much better and it started to
And all of my teammates didn`t seem quite so
I learned to depend on the good friends I
Now I like myself better since I started to
I was lousy being great - I`m much better
Tom Krause - Copyright 2000
From, TOUCHING HEARTS-TEACHING GREATNESS,
Stories From A Coach That
Your Heart & Inspire Your Soul
Andrews McMeel Publishing
REPUTATION IS ABOUT WHO YOU ARE WHEN PEOPLE
ARE WATCHING. CHARACTER IS ABOUT WHO YOU ARE WHEN THERE'S NOBODY IN THE
ROOM BUT YOU. THE FORMER CAN INDUCE OTHERS TO THINK WELL OF YOU. BUT ONLY
THE LATTER ALLOWS YOU TO THINK WELL OF YOURSELF.
"I CAN ACCEPT FAILURE, BUT I CAN'T ACCEPT NOT
"MOST LOOK UP AND ADMIRE THE STARS....A CHAMPION CLIMBS A MOUNTAIN
AND GRABS ONE"
"WHEN NOTHING SEEMS TO HELP, I GO AND LOOK
AT A STONECUTTER HAMMERING AWAY AT HIS ROCK PERHAPS A HUNDRED TIMES WITHOUT
AS MUCH AS A CRACK SHOWING IN IT.
YET, AT THE HUNDRED AND FIRST BLOW IT WILL
SPLIT IN TWO, AND I KNOW IT WAS NOT THAT BLOW THAT DID IT--BUT ALL THAT
HAD GONE BEFORE."
Keep shooting the basketball! It will require
many more practice shots than a hundred, but sooner or later, you may
have your "hundred and first" shot, and
it may be the shot that wins the game!
THE MAN WHO WINS MAY HAVE BEEN COUNTED OUT
SEVERAL TIMES, BUT HE DIDN'T HEAR THE REFEREE.
Dick Barnett was a player who emphatically demonstrated the virtues
of discipline. He played basketball every day of his last three years of
high school: 1,095 straight days. Sometimes he played from nine in the
morning until midnight. He played basketball while his friends went to
the senior prom. BUT HE GOT TO DANCE IN THE NBA!
from VALUES OF THE GAME by Bill Bradley.
YOU CAN HAVE EVERYTHING IN LIFE YOU WANT, IF
YOU WILL JUST HELP ENOUGH OTHER PEOPLE GET WHAT THEY WANT.
ASK YOURSELF A QUESTION: IS MY ATTITUDE
IF YOU LEARN FROM A DEFEAT, YOU HAVEN'T REALLY
HAPPINESS IS NOT SOMETHING YOU FIND, BUT RATHER
SOMETHING YOU CREATE.
WHETHER YOU THINK YOU CAN OR THINK YOU CAN'T--YOU
WINNING IS NOT EVERYTHING, BUT THE EFFORT TO
THE BIGGEST FAILURE
OF ALL IS THE PERSON WHO NEVER TRIES!
GOLDEN RULES FOR LIVING
1. If you open it, close it.
2. If you turn it on, turn it off.
3. If you unlock it, lock it.
4. If you break it, admit it.
5. If you canít fix it, call in someone who can.
6. If you borrow it, return it.
7. If you value it, take care of it.
8. If you make a mess, clean it up.
9. If you move it, put it back.
10. If it belongs to someone else, get permission to use it.
11. If you donít know how to operate it, leave it alone.
12. If itís none of your business, donít ask questions.
I had rather do and not promise, than promise and not do.
No mud can soil us but the mud we throw.