determination

Dream Big

Dream Big

DREAM BIG If there were ever a time to dare, to make a difference, to embark on something worth doing, it is now. Not for any grand cause, necessarily — but for something that tugs at your heart something that’s your dream. You owe it to yourself to make your days here count. Have fun. Dig deep. Stretch. Dream big. Know, though, that things worth doing seldom come easy. There will be g ...[Read More]

When we first met I was just a kid

When we first met I was just a kid

Many people read the poem that Kobe Bryant posted to The Players’s Tribute announcing his retirement.  But those people who were lucky enough to be at the Staples Center that night received a more personal message. When we first met I was just a kid. Some of you took me in. Some of you didn’t. But all of you helped me become the player and man in front of you today. You gave me confidence to ...[Read More]

Possible vs. Impossible

Are you strong enough to handle success?

Are you strong enough to handle success?

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&# ...[Read More]

Aerodynamically, the bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn’t know it so it goes on flying anyway.

Mary Kay Ash

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]

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.

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]

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]

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.