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Big Man on Campus – The Seth Kraft Story

Seth Kraft

Seth Kraft is not an overnight sensation in the town of Laurel.  The senior manager / assistant coach for the hometown Locomotives is known to everyone in town.  When you are 4’1″ and 18 years old, people are bound to notice.  But with Seth, it is different, they notice for the right reasons and not the obvious reasons.  This young man appreciates everyday and cherishes the opportunity ...[Read More]

Without being bashful, I thought I was the best baseball player I ever saw.  Nobody in the world could do what I could do.  If you play ball, you have to believe that you are the best.  You have to have pride.

Willie Mays

Outwitted

love

He drew a circle that shut me out – Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout. But Love and I had the wit to win; We drew a circle that took him in!

I use the word hungry to describe what I mean when I talk about desire.  Being hungry provides you with the physical and mental energies necessary for success.  The sacrifices that are necessary become easier  when one places a goal or objective at a high level.

Ara Parseghian

Ben Comen

runner

This is simply my favorite story of all time.  It is without the story that I have shared the most with teams, small groups and large lectures.  To fully understand and comprehend it, I strongly suggest you exit my page, just for a minute and visit this Rick Reilly story from October 20, 2003 when Reilly was still at Sports Illustrated. Worth The Wait, by Rick Reilly After ready the Reilly primer ...[Read More]

Reflections – I am a Corporal

revolution

During the Revolutionary War, a group of soldiers was ordered to raise a heavy timber which the enemy had caused to block the road.  They could scarcely lift it from the group.  A young corporal stood by, urging the men to lift hard, and shouting, “Now boys, right up!”  With each subsequent failure to move the immense timber, the corporal’s commandeering sounded more and more sev ...[Read More]

The Road Not Taken

roads

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim Because it was grassy and wanted wear, Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same, And both that morning equally lay ...[Read More]

I have never been hurt by anything I didn’t say.

Calvin Coolidge

Murmuration

murmuration

We stumbled upon this video back in 2011 shortly after it was released, and posted to The Atlantic.  The video was shot by IslandsandRivers.com.  The art / science of murmuration is absolutely amazing.  As a coach it is often hard to get five players, to do the right thing, at the right time.   The natural dance of these Starlings is so stunning and so humbling at the same time.  Enjoy your few mi ...[Read More]

A Word from the Coach

houndstooth

I’m just a plowhand from Arkansas, but I have learned how to hold a team together.  How to lift some men up, how to calm down others, until finally they’ve got one heartbeat together, a team.  There’s just three things I’d ever day: If anything goes bad, I did it. If anything goes semi-good, then we did it. If anything goes real good, then you did it. That’s all it ta ...[Read More]

7 Rules for Life

know the rules

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 thinking too much, it’s alright not to know the answers.  They will come to you when you least expect it. No ...[Read More]

The secret of winning football games is working more as a team, less as individuals.  I play not my 11 best, but my best 11.

Knute Rockne

Lou Holtz Motivational Magic

Notre Dame

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 the message is still as important today.  This is a true gem.  Enjoy!

Commitment to Excellence

Lombardi

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 of defeat.  The many hurts seem a small price to pay for having won and there is no reason at all which is adequate for having ...[Read More]

What is Class?

class

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” and won a victory that marks them thereafter. Class never makes excuses ...[Read More]

A Japanese Proverb on Determination

A Japanese Proverb on Determination

“Fall down seven times, get up eight.”  -Japanese Proverb   Thanks to Jeff Herrera for suggesting this quote.

Arms of Steel

Arms of Steel

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 ever seen, because he uses a modified bike to achieve his goals.  He ...[Read More]

Hold the Rope

hold the rope

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 their season, they did one thing — they held the rope! What is “holding the rope?” ...[Read More]

Lessons From the Geese

Lessons From the Geese

  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 they are going quicker and easier because they are traveling on the thrust of one another. Fact 2: When a goose falls out of fo ...[Read More]

legacy

How to start a movement

How to start a movement

Welcome to day 1 of Every Day Getting Better.  Our goal is to provide one video, quote, poem per day that makes you smile / ponder / dream / think / imagine ~ and in the end, makes you a better person. This is a community, so please do your part by sharing your comments / thoughts / perceptions below the daily posts.  We hope that you enjoy and tell your friends about us.

Albert Einstein on Value

Albert Einstein on Value

Try not to become a man of success but a man of value. – Albert Einstein Please click on the image to download a larger version.

IF

father-son

If you can keep your head when others all around you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies, Or being hated, don’t give way to hating, And yet don’t look to good, nor talk to wire: If you can dream R ...[Read More]

Winston Churchill on Success

Winston Churchill on Success

“Success isn’t final, failure isn’t fatal, but it’s the courage to continue that counts.”  – Winston Churchill   Please click on the image for a larger downloadable version.

The Reflex of Character

football

This story is not about guns in schools, it is not about gun control in our country.  It is not about the Tea Party or the NRA.  It is about the “Reflex of Character.”  Coach Frank Hall is an American Hero.  He is a father, and a husband, but I believe like a lot of us, the name that he most appreciates being called, is Coach. On Monday, February 27, 2012, Coach Frank Hall displayed &# ...[Read More]

10,000 Horses

10,000 Horses

Some guy bought 10,000 horses the day before Henry Ford created the assembly line.  That guy lost. – Gary Vaynerchuk   Please follow Gary Vaynerchuk on twitter @garyvee and visit his website at garyvaynerchuk.com

Because that’s when you’re most alive.

follow your dreams

“I have no understanding as to why, when you’re 18 to even, let’s say 30, why you wouldn’t try to make what you’re passionate about work for you…  If you go and become a lawyer or go to school and do all the things that everybody wants you to do, and don’t do the thing you really love, the real question isn’t what’s going to happen when youR ...[Read More]

Bitterness

Bitterness

“Bitterness is like swallowing poison and expecting someone else to die.”  

By your own soul

soul

By your own soul, learn to live. If some men force you, take no heed. If some men hate you, have no care. Sing your song, dream your dreams Hope your hopes, and pray your prayers. -Bo Schembechler

Until it’s Gone

Until it’s Gone

They say you don’t know what you have until it’s gone.  Truth is, you knew what you had, you just thought you’d never lose it.   Please click on the image for a downloadable version for your desktop.  

212 – The Extra Degree

212

This is a promotional video for a great line of products from WalktheTalk.com.  The concept is so easy, and attainable.  To look specifically at the 212 products please visit here:  212 degree products

Vince Lombardi on being successfull

Vince Lombardi on being successfull

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” Vince Lombardi Please click on the image for a downloadable file for your computer desktop.  

Happy

happy

When I was five my mother told me happiness was the key to life. When I went to school they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up I wrote down ‘Happy’ They told me I didn’t understand the assignment. I told them they didn’t understand life. – John Lennon   Please click on the image to download a larger version.

Find something that makes you so happy that 30 years later, you would still want to do it, even if you were never paid a cent.

Tony Hsieh, CEO - Zappos.com

Whether You Think You Can Or You Can’t You’re Probably Right

mindset

If you think you are beaten, you are; If you think that you dare not, you don’t; If you’d like to win, but you think you can’t, It’s almost certain you won’t. If you think you’ll lose; you’ve lost; For out in the world you’ll find Success begins with a fellow’s will. It’s all in the state of mind. If you think you are outclassed, you are; ...[Read More]

literacy

Alex “No Big Deal”

rock climbing

Alex Honnold, known as Alex “no big deal,” to his friends, is the best professional athlete that you have never heard of.  He is a revolutionary in his sport.  He has accomplished tasks that make your palms sweat just hearing about, and your pulse race when you watch.  This video is from a 60 Minutes story in 2011. When I watch this video I take away a few key items. Humility is a lost ...[Read More]

The value judgements we make determine our actions, and upon their validity rest our mental health and happiness.

Erich Fromm

Light

light

“I have traveled far,” he said, “I have studied scriptures of a hundred faiths, from Cathay to the Norselands.”  His eyes twinkled.  “And in spite of my study, I have learned.  Every grand religion begins in light.  Yet only hearts hold light.  Pages cannot.”  ~ (Richard Bach, One, P.153)

The most sublime courage I have ever witnessed has been among that class too poor to know they possessed it, and too humble for the world to discover it.

George Bernard Shaw

A Philosophy of Life

thomas-jefferson

In matters of principle, stand like a rock; in matters of taste, swim with the current. Give up money, give up fame, give up science, give up the earth itself and all it contains, rather than do an immoral act. And never suppose, that in any possible situation, or under any circumstances, it is best for you to do a dishonorable thing. Whenever you are to do a thing, though it can never be known bu ...[Read More]

I turned and walked away … Are lives so destined by indoctrination, I thought, that there is no changing?

Richard Back

Walk On

golf

DJ Greggory’s long walk is so well documented here.  Another great lesson in determination and fulfilling one’s goals.  Still think that you can’t achieve something?  Please visit DJ’s foundation Walking for Kids.

Success is a peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing that you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.

John Wooden

John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success

pyramid

Coach John Wooden is a ledgend of the hardwood.  His time at UCLA is rivaled by very few.  UCLA has a very good write up on Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success.  If you are looking for a great book to read, I would strongly suggest They Call Me Coach.  You can purchase the book below.

SavvySexySocial Quotes!

SavvySexySocial Quotes!

We asked Amy over at SavvySexySocial about her favorite leadership quote.  We loved her reply. Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” -Theodore Roosevelt Amy runs one of our favorite spots on the web.  If you are curious how to leverage social media for your brand – please subscribe to her email list.

The Shoes

the shoes

My alarm went off. It was Sunday again. I was sleepy and tired, my one day to sleep in. But the guilt I would feel the rest of the day would have been too much, so I’d go and I’d pray. I showered and shaved, I adjusted my tie, I got there and sat in a pew just in time. Bowing my head in prayer as I closed my eyes, I saw the shoe of the man next to me touching my own. I sighed. With ple ...[Read More]

The Grand Consul’s favorite quote

The Grand Consul’s favorite quote

We asked Sigma Chi’s Grand Consul Mike Greenberg what his favorite leadership quote was.  Below was his reply. So Iron Sharpens Iron, So One Man Sharpen Another  – Proverbs 27:17   Share in the comments how this quote applies to your life.

Big Man on Campus – The Seth Kraft Story

Seth Kraft

Seth Kraft is not an overnight sensation in the town of Laurel.  The senior manager / assistant coach for the hometown Locomotives is known to everyone in town.  When you are 4’1″ and 18 years old, people are bound to notice.  But with Seth, it is different, they notice for the right reasons and not the obvious reasons.  This young man appreciates everyday and cherishes the opportunity ...[Read More]

Without being bashful, I thought I was the best baseball player I ever saw.  Nobody in the world could do what I could do.  If you play ball, you have to believe that you are the best.  You have to have pride.

Willie Mays

Outwitted

love

He drew a circle that shut me out – Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout. But Love and I had the wit to win; We drew a circle that took him in!

I use the word hungry to describe what I mean when I talk about desire.  Being hungry provides you with the physical and mental energies necessary for success.  The sacrifices that are necessary become easier  when one places a goal or objective at a high level.

Ara Parseghian

Ben Comen

runner

This is simply my favorite story of all time.  It is without the story that I have shared the most with teams, small groups and large lectures.  To fully understand and comprehend it, I strongly suggest you exit my page, just for a minute and visit this Rick Reilly story from October 20, 2003 when Reilly was still at Sports Illustrated. Worth The Wait, by Rick Reilly After ready the Reilly primer ...[Read More]

Reflections – I am a Corporal

revolution

During the Revolutionary War, a group of soldiers was ordered to raise a heavy timber which the enemy had caused to block the road.  They could scarcely lift it from the group.  A young corporal stood by, urging the men to lift hard, and shouting, “Now boys, right up!”  With each subsequent failure to move the immense timber, the corporal’s commandeering sounded more and more sev ...[Read More]

The Road Not Taken

roads

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim Because it was grassy and wanted wear, Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same, And both that morning equally lay ...[Read More]

I have never been hurt by anything I didn’t say.

Calvin Coolidge

Murmuration

murmuration

We stumbled upon this video back in 2011 shortly after it was released, and posted to The Atlantic.  The video was shot by IslandsandRivers.com.  The art / science of murmuration is absolutely amazing.  As a coach it is often hard to get five players, to do the right thing, at the right time.   The natural dance of these Starlings is so stunning and so humbling at the same time.  Enjoy your few mi ...[Read More]

A Word from the Coach

houndstooth

I’m just a plowhand from Arkansas, but I have learned how to hold a team together.  How to lift some men up, how to calm down others, until finally they’ve got one heartbeat together, a team.  There’s just three things I’d ever day: If anything goes bad, I did it. If anything goes semi-good, then we did it. If anything goes real good, then you did it. That’s all it ta ...[Read More]

7 Rules for Life

know the rules

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 thinking too much, it’s alright not to know the answers.  They will come to you when you least expect it. No ...[Read More]

The secret of winning football games is working more as a team, less as individuals.  I play not my 11 best, but my best 11.

Knute Rockne

Lou Holtz Motivational Magic

Notre Dame

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 the message is still as important today.  This is a true gem.  Enjoy!

Commitment to Excellence

Lombardi

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 of defeat.  The many hurts seem a small price to pay for having won and there is no reason at all which is adequate for having ...[Read More]

What is Class?

class

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” and won a victory that marks them thereafter. Class never makes excuses ...[Read More]

A Japanese Proverb on Determination

A Japanese Proverb on Determination

“Fall down seven times, get up eight.”  -Japanese Proverb   Thanks to Jeff Herrera for suggesting this quote.

Arms of Steel

Arms of Steel

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 ever seen, because he uses a modified bike to achieve his goals.  He ...[Read More]

Hold the Rope

hold the rope

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 their season, they did one thing — they held the rope! What is “holding the rope?” ...[Read More]