That Certain Way. What do you you think it might be?
That Certain Way. What do you you think it might be?
"Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent. Most talents are, to some extent, a gift. Good character, by contrast, is not given to us. We have to build it, piece by piece - by thought, by choice, courage, and determination."
That quote is from Coach Matt Labrum and is a memorization requirement for the 41 teenagers on his football team. There is more. Those 41 young men also have to document several hours of community service, show they are passing all their classes, and stay clear of any discipline issues at school. So is Coach Labrum trying to coach football or be a "character cop"? Hold on!
Coach Labrum is doing what more coaches, parents, teachers, and bosses should do in their positions of authority. He is making the point that - using his own words - things like playing football are a "privilege rather than a right." And privileges bring responsibilities. They do not confer permission to swagger, cheat, bully, take advantage of success, or otherwise act like a knucklehead.
As background, you need to know that Coach Labrum had learned about some pretty ugly behavior by the members of his team at Union High School in Roosevelt, Utah. Some of the football players had been bullying a kid at their school. A campus culture among the football players had them skipping classes, being disrespectful toward their teachers, and being generally obnoxious. So on September 20, Labrum suspended the entire team and confiscated their jerseys.
Labrum did what parents sometimes do with four-year-olds. He put his players in time out. He took away their toy. He called off the remainder of the football season - if his players could not commit to and carry through on something more important than football. They had to become better people.
The "contract" Labrum and his staff offered team members the next day gave them the option of community service, counseling, and strict accountability. Playing football for him would no longer be anyone's right. It would be a privilege earned by rigorous on-the-field drills and responsible off-the-field behavior.
One of the more encouraging things about this story is that school officials and parents have backed up the coach's actions. A mother of one of the players involved probably said it best. "These boys are not going to be hurt by this," she said. "It's a good life lesson."
Bud Selig has announced he is stepping down as the Commissioner of Major League Baseball. I nominate Matt Labrum for the position!Athletes from all sports who set such sorry examples of poor sportsmanship, use of PEDs or other banned substances, and shameless self-indulgence could use a life lesson too.
Learning to be a better person is far more valuable than a winning season.
Posted by Stephen Troutman on October 12, 2013
I just heard an inner circle audio here in the back office of the new and improved Empower Network.
It's done by a guy from Portugal and he's a really successful guy living the dreams of his life. It's inspiring to hear these types of lessons from those who are living them and practicing twhat they are teaching in life and business.
The title of his audio is "The marathon man"
Not long ago, this man was over weight, smoked and drank. The average person you might say. He was tired of walking up the stairs and being out of breath at the top. Kind of like myself right now.
I have an issure with drinking and i need to lose some weight.
So what he said was he wantes to chnge. He realized that this was not the way to be an example to his 4 children and he wants to be there for them when he is older.
I want the same thing for my life too. I know that being overweight is not good for my high blood pressure and the job as I have as a machinist and standing on my feet all day is taking it's toll on my knees and joints.
So I need to make some changes.
First Thing: Decide to Change
So the first thing that the marathon man said was that you have to decide to change. Really decde. Then do some easy things every day that will be easy to do. If you try and go too fast and do somethging hard, you'll probably quit before you're through and have to start over again or just give up.
What he did was to decide to run one minute a day for one week. That's not too hard right?, he thought, so that's what he did. The second week her ran 2 minutes per day. the third week he ran 3 minutes a day and so on....
He began feeling better and losing some weight too. So he continued this process for 43 weeks and and is now able to run for up to 45 minutes per day afeter never been an athlete in his life.
2nd is Study
What he did was to study what it takes to be successful at being a runner. By reading books on running, talking to other runners about their experiences. You need to gain knowledge in whatever it is you want to do.
3rd is Take Action Action
Reading all the books in the world, would never have gotten the marathon man to running 45 mimutes a day. He had to take the first step. For him it was running one minutes a day. Easy. Then two, then 3. If he read about doing it, but never did, what good would ot have been?
4th is Get a Mentor
Taking action is definatly the way to reach your goals, however, there can be a great way to shortcut your way there by getting somebosy to show you the way that's been there before.
Learn from your own mistakes. You have to do this to some degree. But there comes a time when a mentor is needed to fine tune the process and get you moving faster toward your dreams and goals.
So make a decision to change.
Study what you need to do
Then do it.
Get some help along the way.
You'll be running your own marathon before you know it.
Make it happen,
Posted by Stephen Troutman on October 04, 2013
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Posted by Stephen Troutman on September 30, 2013
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