Unfortunately, the road to anywhere is filled with many pitfalls, and it takes a man of determination and character not to fall into them. As I have said many times, whenever you get your head above the average, someone will be there to take a poke at you. That is to be expected in any phase of life. However, as I have also said many times before, if you see a man on top of a mountain, he didn’t just land there! Chances are he had to climb through many difficulties with a great expenditure of energy in order to get there, and the same is true of a man in any profession, be he a great attorney, a great minister, a great many of medicine or a great businessman. am certain he worked with a definite plan, and an aim and purpose in life and, will be envied by those less successful. I have always though that the following little verse contained a good philosophy for every coach:
By your own soul learn to live,
And if men thwart you, take no heed,
If men hate you, have no care;
Sing your song, dream your dream,
hope your hope and pray your prayer.
I am sure that if a coach will follow this philosophy of life, he will be successful. To sit by and worry about criticism, which too often comes from the misinformed or from those incapable of passing judgement on an individual or a problem, it is a waste of time.
Adolph Rupp – College Basketball Coach
Coach Rupp finished his coaching career with 876 wins and only 190 loses.