Tag: Achievement

You Get What You Reward

In my second year as the Boys’ Basketball Coach at Fairmont Prep Academy we are in the process of trying to establish a particular kind of culture and were having some trouble getting certain players to commit to things we felt were important. Some of this was the players not understanding yet, some was parental... Read more »

You Get What You Emphasize. Or Do You?

Anytime you enter into a new leadership position, whether it is in business, for an organization, or as a head coach at a different school, the first and primary task at hand is to begin to establish the kind of culture you are looking for. Jim Thompson, founder and Executive Director of Positive Coaching Alliance... Read more »

SUCCESS…Lizzie Velasquez KNOWS It's Much More a Matter of CHOICE!!!

Of anything inspirational or motivational I have written, shared, watched, or experienced…this video piece ranks right up there at the top of my list. I STRONGLY encourage every single one of you to take a good look at what this young lady has to say (video below). She is certainly one who truly understands (actually... Read more »

Olympics: Bulgaria’s Gymnast Jordan Jovtchev Still Has What It Takes at 39!!!

What an awesome display of dedication, of inspiration. A 39-year-old male gymnast making the event finals, at what…just about double the age of his peers, and on the still rings event, WOW!!! And in his sixth Olympics, unbelievable. Being one who knows this event at the upper levels of the sport, I can tell you... Read more »

High School: “Commentary: High school sports need re-examination” a little off base

An interesting article by Mike Nichols, at theNorthwestern.com (Commentary: High school sports need re-examination) came across my desk recently causing a deep pause in thought. Traditionally, I don’t comment on commentaries, as I usually write them, however, in this case I had to make an exception. In that linked article above, there are statements made... Read more »

Olympics: LA Times Article on Kayla Harrison, Her Struggles, and Possible Gold in London is AWESOME!!!

No sooner had I published an article on NCAA wrestling champion Anthony Robles (based on a Q &A session at espn.go.com) highlighting the inspiration behind his feat, in spite of the obstacle he faced, and out comes another inspirational piece from the LA Times. This one about Kayla Harrison, the difficulty she faced, and her... Read more »

High School: A Definition of True Success That Builds From the Inside Out

Back in December of 2009, after a conversation I had with one of my kids, I was contemplating the idea of what true or real success is. A definition, so to speak, that would help give clarification to the term. I mean everyone has their own personal definition of what success is to them, right? However, in today’s... Read more »

The Growing Trend of “All Are Winners” in Youth Sports: Is it Really a Good Thing???

Lisa Lagrou’s article Should every child get a trophy? does a good job of presenting the current push toward the “everyone gets an award” mentality. Using her own daughter’s recent soccer sports experience, where their team (a team that had won only one game all season long) was awarded the same trophy as the best... Read more »

High School: Chrysa Nowell, Inspiring Others Through Unbending Will, Courage, and Effort

We all face difficulties in our life, at one time or another; instances where the odds are certainly stacked against us and nothing seems to go our way. You know the feeling, don’t you? Where it looks, at least from one’s perspective, as if it would be better, maybe easier, to just throw in the... Read more »

Overcoming Adversity: Legally Blind High School Athlete Refuses to Quit

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I couldn’t possibly bring any more value to this heartwarming story than what the following video shows. . Many could learn a lot from this young lady, a lot!!! video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player