About Ryan Wakefield

Ryan is Chief Editor at Every Day, Getting Better. Ryan has been a basketball coach for over 20 years. Having coached at both the high school and middle school levels, Ryan felt it was time to pass on the stories and quotes that he has used to help motivate his teams. Ryan also contributes to the leadership development programs for the Sigma Chi Fraternity.

7 Rules for Life

By |2014-02-18T22:10:12-06:00February 23rd, 2014|Poems|

Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present. What others think of you is none of your business. Time heals almost everything, give it time. Don't compare your life to others and don't judge them.  You have no idea what their journey is all about. Stop [...]

Lou Holtz Motivational Magic

By |2014-02-21T10:44:01-06:00February 21st, 2014|Video|

I was first given this video back in the late 90's while attending the University of Montana.  Coach Lou Holtz has always been an amazing public speaker, one I have had the privilege of seeing live a handful of times.  Even though this video was shot in the early 1990's [...]

Commitment to Excellence

By |2014-02-21T14:29:50-06:00February 20th, 2014|Stories|

I owe almost everything in football, which I spend the greater part of my life in, and I have never lost my respect, my admiration nor my love for what I consider a great game.  Each Sunday after the battle, one group savors victory, another group wallows in the bitterness [...]

What is Class?

By |2014-02-18T22:08:52-06:00February 19th, 2014|Poems|

Class never runs scared.  It is sure-footed and confident in the knowledge that you can meet life head-on and handle whatever comes along. Jacob had it.  Esau didn't.  Symbolically, we can look to Jacob's wrestling match with the angel.  Those who have class have wrestled with their own personal "angel" [...]

Arms of Steel

By |2014-02-18T09:07:35-06:00February 17th, 2014|Video|

In 2011 ABC's television show 20/20 highlighted the achievement of paraplegic Chris Waddell and his arm powered bike.  This short piece documents Waddell's determination as he and his team of 68 people attempt to reach the 19'000 foot summit Mount Kilamanjaro.  Waddell is unlike any mountain climber that we have [...]

Hold the Rope

By |2014-02-21T14:30:03-06:00February 16th, 2014|Stories|

Hold the Rope - Author unknown Every year a professional football team wins the Championship. Every year a college football team wins the NCAA. Every year the best high school team wins the state championship. All these teams have one thing in common; No matter how tough it became throughout [...]

Lessons From the Geese

By |2014-02-21T14:30:13-06:00February 15th, 2014|Stories|

  Fact 1: As each goose flap its wings it creates an“uplift” for the birds that follow. By flying in a “V” formation, the whole flock adds 71% greater range than if each bird flew alone. Lesson: People who share a common sense of direction and community can get where [...]

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