STANDING IN THE RAIN
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. "....author 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
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
*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.
Men who will do things without being told draw the most wages.
You can't build a reputation on what you are going to do.
Strange how much you've got to know before you know how little you
Who passed the ball when you scored?
The best players help others to be best players.
A winner makes commitments; A loser makes promises.
Profanity is a crutch for conversational cripples.
The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.
A second rate man can never make a first rate player.
Doing a thing nearly right and doing it exactly right is usually
the difference between success and failure.
Don't tell me how good you are, let me find it out.
An admission of eror is a sign of strength rather than a confession
Ideas are funny little things. They won't work unless you do.
Ideas are funny little things. They
won't work unless you do.
The best way to succeed in life is to act on the
advice you give to others.
Desire is the ingredient that changes the hot water
of mediocrity to the steam of outstanding success.
You will make a lousy anybody else, but you are the
best "you" in existence.
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