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MAN IN THE GLASS
For it isn't your
father or mother or wife
You may be like Jack
Horner and Chisel a plum
He's the fellow to
please-never mind all the rest,
You may fool the whole
world down the pathway of years
"The whole idea
is to somehow get an edge. Sometimes it takes just a little extra something
to get that edge, but you have to have it."
"There is no
mat space for dissenters or malcontents. One must neither celebrate insanely
when he wins nor sulk when he loses. He accepts victory professionally.
He hates defeat, but makes no poor display of it."
"Far better is
it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered
by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy
much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows
neither victory nor defeat."
A winner works harder
than a loser and has more time;
A winner goes through
A winner makes commitments'
A winner says, "I'm
good, but not as good as I ought to be."
A winner listens;
A winner respects
those who are superior to him and tries to learn something from them;
A winner feels responsible
for more than his job;
A winner says, "There
ought to be a better way to do it."
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 then thereafter.
Class never makes excuses. It takes its lumps an learns from past mistakes.
Class is considerate of others. It knows that good manners are nothing more than a series of petty sacrafices.
Class bespeaks an aristocracy that has nothing to do with ancestors or money. The most affluent blueblood can be totally without class, while the descendent of a Welsh miner may ooze class from every pore.
Class never tries to build itself up by tearing others down.
Class is already up and need not strive to look better by making others look worse.
Class can "walk with kings and keeps its virtue, and talk with crowds and keep the common touch." Everyone is comfortable with the person who has classbecause he is comfortable with himself.
If you have class, you don't need much of anything else. If you don't have it, no matter what else you haveit doesn't make much difference.
"Never do anything
to compromise your integrity. Anything worth achieving is worth an honorable
and honest effort. There are no short-cuts to becoming a champion. You
will never take any trophies or medals with you when you leave this life,
but your character stays with you always. Be true to yourself, and keep
in perspective the fact that even if you can' be the best athlete in your
chosen sport every day...you can be your best person every day."
"Be more concerned
with your character than your reputation, because your character is what
you really are, while your reputation is merely what people think you
character. Workers get the most out of themselves. When a body has limited
talent, it must muster all its resources of character to overcome adversity."
"Loyalty up and
down the line. That's one quality an organization must have to be successful."
"I have been
telling high school and college athletes that they should all have a goal
and that goal is to seek perfection in whatever they are doing. In order
to do this, it takes many hours of hard work and endurance. There is no
short-cut on this tough road to success. The young man must be loyal to
what he is doing and to all concerned (coaches, parents and himself).
I consider this one of the greatest characteristics."
"One thing I
learned in football is that you must have respect. It is not so important
that people like you, but it is an absolute that you have their respect."
has ever achieved his goal without showing more dedication than the next
person; working harder than the next person; making more sacrifices than
the next person; training and conditioning himself more than the next
person; studying harder than the next person; enjoying his final goal
more than the next person."
"You set a goal
to be the best and then you work hard every hour of every day, striving
to reach that goal. If you allow yourself to settle for anything less
than number one, you are cheating yourself."
"The only thing
that counts is your dedication to the game. You run on your own fuel;
it comes from within you."
"You have to
be hungry. You have to be dedicated 100 percent to play this game."
"You must have
long-term goals to keep you from being frustrated by short-term failures."
"You have to
set goals that are almost out of reach. If you set a goal that is attainable
without much work or thought, you are stuck with something below your
true talent and potential."
"I think a lot
of people get too concerned with their competition. They fall into the
habit of worrying about everyone else. I don't pay attention to what others
are doing. I feel strongly that if I have correct goals, and if I have
the determination to keep pursuing them the best way I know how, then
everything else will fall into place."
part of the will. A disciplined person is one who follows the will of
the who gives the orders. You teach discipline by doing it over and over,
by repetition and rote."
"You can't get
much done in life if you only work on the days when you feel good."
"A part of control
is learning to correct your weaknesses. The person doesn't live who was
born with everything. Sometimes he has one weak point; generally he has
several. The first thing is to know your faults and then take on a systematic
plan of correcting them. You know the old saying about a chain being only
as strong as its weakest link. The same can be said in the chain of skills
a man forges."
"If you want
to be the person you ought to be, you've got to welcome competition."
"I want things
to be difficult. It's more fun to win with handicaps. If you have the
best players and no problems and you win, it's not very interesting."
got good, strong competition, you drive harder."
the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it."
"If you don't
have enough pride, you're going to get your butt beat every play."
"The first quality
that makes an athlete a winner is simply pride. He has such a desire to
excel that he will take enormous pains. He will work out beyond what is
demanded, build his body during the off-season, guard his weight, and
study the problems of his position. The second quality is toughnessdoing
what the job requires without worrying about the physcial consequences.
A wide receiver will make the catch, untroubled by the possibility of
getting blindesided. A quaterback will hold the ball until the final instant,
knowing the rusher will flatten him. The winning player has no fear in
doing what must be done in order to be great."
is not so much a shame as being unwilling to learn to do things the right
"Only those who
have the patience to do simple things perfectly will acquire the skill
to do difficult things easily."
improvement is meaningless."
"I'm a firm believer
in quiet confidence. By that I mean knowing inwardly that you are good,
and not exhibiting a boastful attitude outwardly. If an athlete doesn't
believe in himself, then no one else will."
YOU THINK YOU CAN OR YOU CAN'T
If you think you'll
lose, you've lost;
If you think you're
outclassed, you are;
Life's battles don't
want to walk over you until you lie down."
"The man who
wins may have been counted out several times, but he didn't hear the referee."
"When I get tired
and want to stop, I'd wonder what my next opponent as doing. I'd wonder
if he was still working out. I tried to visualize him. When I could see
him still working, I'd start pushing myself. When I could see him in the
shower, I'd push myself harder."