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Archive for March 2014

Handout #176: A Dozen Suggestions for Choosing a Career

 

A DOZEN SUGGESTIONS FOR CHOOSING A CAREER

  1. Choose an occupation because you like the work, not solely because of the rewards in money or prestige.
  2. Choose an occupation that will use the abilities (skills, talents) you possess.
  3. Choose an occupation in which there is likely to be an active demand for workers when you are ready to go to work.
  4. Do not choose an occupation because you admire someone else who chose it.
  5. Avoid occupations that require abilities you do not possess.
  6. Do not confuse interest and ability.
  7. Before making a final choice of occupation, find out what are ALL the things you might have to do in it. Find out which of these will take most of your time.
  8. Do not expect to find a job in which you will never have to do anything that you dislike.
  9. Do not stay permanently in a job in which you dislike most of the things you have to do.
  10. Beware of recruiters and biased information from other sources.
  11. Take all the advice that is offered, then act on your own judgment.
  12. RememberRobert Louis Stevenson’s counsel, “To know what you prefer, instead of humbly saying ‘Amen’ to what the world tells youyou ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive.”

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MEETING LIFE’S POROBLEMS

Two monks were required to do penance for an infraction of the monastic rules. Weared from labors in the fields the preceding day, they failed to arise promptly for morning prayer. For this impiety the abbot ordered them to walk all that day with peas in their shoes. One monk limped and moaned every step, but the other walked with ease and sang snatches of gay songs.

The sufferer said to his fellow monk, “Brother, how can you endure the agony of walking on hard, dry peas?”

With a smile the other replied: “I boiled my peas.”

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BENEVOLENCE – If God has given to us abundantly; we have a responsibility to share our abundance with those less fortunate.

PRAYER – is the greatest source of power.

THRIFT has always been one of America’s greatest virtues. Today it is mocked and labeled as selfish hoarding. I do not care how much or how little we make, none of us has the moral right – and this includes government – to spend all we earn.

Bron Bacevich

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #176: A Dozen Suggestions for Choosing a Career. Coach Bacevich gave binders of his motivational handouts to thousands of people. You should print this original Coach Bacevich Handout together with the others in each weekly post and start your binder of these motivational handouts. Then read and browse the material as you desire. Soon you will have a treasure of information at your fingertips whenever you need a little inspiration and motivation from the Coach as you pursue your aspirations!

Many of Coach Bacevich’s Handouts were written for his football players as the audience. This is an example of good information written for his football players but so very applicable in all of life, sports and otherwise. When you see the phrase “football player” or “athlete”, substitute that phrase with whatever fits your situation, such as Employee, Team Member, Hockey Player, Basketball Player, etc.

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Handout #175: Sports and Morale

Sports and Morale

“Why does the United States place so much emphasis on Sports?”  The mission of any sports program is to develop and maintain the mental, physical and social well being of all.  If the mission is accomplished, a high state of morale is attained.  One cannot put a dollar value on morale, but a dollar value can be placed upon the outstanding accomplishments because of high morale.  Money and time spent on this intangible will be returned tenfold.

To be strong as an individual, a community, or a nation, there must be that intrinsic, that intangible ingredient in the hearts of men called morale.  From the time first banded together, sports have been a major influence in determining morale.  It has been said that man must build himself mentally, physically, socially and religiously each day to be well-rounded.  Participation in sports meets most of those criteria.

Sports may be likened unto a blast furnace where all the impurities are removed and nothing is left but a body that is physically fit, mentally alert, to respond at will.  Just as a classroom is a melting pot for knowledge, so is the field of competition a melting pot for morale, leadership, endurance, discipline, courage, and a thousand other virtues that idle individuals never experience.

Recognizing that sorts are fundamental to the American way of life, we should provide sports for all, regardless of the individual’s degree of proficiency.

Developing and carrying to fruition any sports program is analogous to ascending a flight of stairs.  The steps represent the different levels of supervision and participation – from sand pit to the Olympic games.  The handrails represent the rules, regulations, funding, facilities, instruction, support, and other tangibles provided.  The goal – an outstanding sports program.  The sports program starts up these stairs with a firm assist from the handrail.  If there is one weak step in the stairs or if any level of supervision, leadership, or support falters, the whole program is affected.  As the sports program ascends these stairs, competition becomes keener; however, the results are more rewarding – greater spectator interest, group and individual satisfaction, and increased morale.

So, what should we do?  We should promote cooperation and teamwork; move forward together encouraging every school, park, industry and other institutions to pool their resources to meet the diverse needs and interest of every American through whatever media it takes.  Let’s all accept our share of this responsibility.  Let’s make it an integral part of our everyday life.  Let’s set ourself this goal as a starter; as a part of each day’s work, perform one extra act toward an outstanding sports program.  Let’s have real evidence of teamwork in sports which will result in good morale for all.

Bron Bacevich

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #175: Sports and Morale. Coach Bacevich gave binders of his motivational handouts to thousands of people. You should print this original Coach Bacevich Handout together with the others in each weekly post and start your binder of these motivational handouts. Then read and browse the material as you desire. Soon you will have a treasure of information at your fingertips whenever you need a little inspiration and motivation from the Coach as you pursue your aspirations!

Many of Coach Bacevich’s Handouts were written for his football players as the audience. This is an example of good information written for his football players but so very applicable in all of life, sports and otherwise. When you see the phrase “football player” or “athlete”, substitute that phrase with whatever fits your situation, such as Employee, Team Member, Hockey Player, Basketball Player, etc.

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Handout #174: Success; Recipe for Greatness; Did You Know?

SUCCESS – – – – –

SUCCESS – is to be measured not so much by the position one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.

The MEASURE OF SUCCESS is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it’s the same problem you had last year.

The SECRET OF SUCCESS is consistency of purpose.  Doing little things with great desire to please GOD makes them really great.

Show me a thoroughly satisfied man (or boy), and I will show you a failure.

Even the woodpecker owes his SUCCESS to the fact that he uses his head and keeps pecking away until he finishes the job he starts.

Before GOD’S footstool to confess, a poor soul knelt and bowed his head: “I failed,” he wailed. The Master said, “Thou didst thy best, that is SUCCESS.”

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RECIPE FOR GREATNESS

To boar up under loss; To fight the bitterness of defeat and the weakness of grief; To be victor over anger; To smile when tears are close;

To resist disease and evil men and base instincts; To hate hat and love love; To go on when it would seem good to die; To look up with unquenchable faith in something ever more about to be.

THAT IS WHAT ANY MAN CAN DO, AND BE GREAT!  — Author Unknown

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DID YOU KNOW???

According to a recent survey and study, covering over 95% of businesses and industries – there are four principal reasons why people lose jobs:

  1. INABILITY TO GET ALONG WITH FELLOW MAN.  In football, you learn that the team is as strong as the respect we have for one another.  You learn to make sacrifices for the good of the team.
  2. CARELESSNESS – Indifference to errors and mistakes.  In football, you learn the importance of errors of commission and omission.  You learn – that when you are in condition, when you know your assignments, when you are alert, you are less likely to make mistakes.  You learn to have the courage to admit a mistake – this is intellectual growth.  It is no disgrace to be knocked down – it is a disgrace to stay down.
  3. LAZINESS.  In football, you learn that laziness has no place in athletics.  You learn that you can succeed only by putting forth extra effort.  In football, this means doing over and above what you are required to do.
  4. DISHONESTY – Towards others and to self.  In football, you learn the champion way is to place according to the letter and spirit of the rules.  You learn that breaking training rules is a form of dishonesty.

Bron Bacevich

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #174: Success; Recipe for Greatness; Did You Know???. Coach Bacevich gave binders of his motivational handouts to thousands of people. You should print this original Coach Bacevich Handout together with the others in each weekly post and start your binder of these motivational handouts. Then read and browse the material as you desire. Soon you will have a treasure of information at your fingertips whenever you need a little inspiration and motivation from the Coach as you pursue your aspirations!

Many of Coach Bacevich’s Handouts were written for his football players as the audience. This is an example of good information written for his football players but so very applicable in all of life, sports and otherwise. When you see the phrase “football player” or “athlete”, substitute that phrase with whatever fits your situation, such as Employee, Team Member, Hockey Player, Basketball Player, etc.

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Handout #173: A REAL WINNER

A REAL WINNER

The birth of a boy does not necessarily mean the making of a man.  It all depends on how he is brought up.  You cannot bring up a real boy on mush and milk.  You’ve got to throw him a little “raw meat” to chew on from time to time.  no boy will ever be much of a man unless he is a great deal of a boy.  So while he is still a boy, he’s got to stop being a quitter, a coward, a dirty player.  While he is still a boy, he’s got to start becoming a fighter, a plugger, a square shooter.  Only then can he become a real winner.

What is a real winner?  If we took all the men of this great nation above 18 years of age and piled them into three piles according to the kind of men they are, we would have a little 10% pile which would say “The Real Winners” on this side, and on the other side we would have a 10% pile of our men with a sign, “the Real Losers”, and then in the middle there would be a great mass of humanity.  80% of our men, with a sign which would say, “The Shoulder Shruggers.”  There is a difference.

Take one of these guys we call the real winner and analyze him, throw the psychology book at him, study him.  Notice that when he goes forth to do something, he goes about it with a clear, vivid picture in his mind of the thing he is fighting for, and at the same time he is extremely enthusiastic and has an intense, burning desire in his heart to fight for it.  When he is successful, when he wins – he wins graciously – he does not “crow”about it.  And when he loses, and sometimes a real winner will lose one, he loses gracefully – he does not “cry” about it.

When he does lose and you say to him, “Why did you lose?  You are supposed to be a real winner”.  He will look you squarely in the eye, put his hands on his hips, glare at the scoreboard and say, “I’ll be darned if I know why we lost.  We didn’t plan to lose.  We used every ounce of our energy and every spark of our spirit all the way – from the opening whistle until the final gun.  The scoreboard says we got beat.  Well – let me tell you something.  We got beat on the scoreboard, but we did not get beat in the heart.  We are still undefeated in the heart, and we’ll be bouncing back upon that scoreboard.  You can bet on that.”

Well, you can bet on it, because every fiber of this kid’s being vibrates with powerful, positive punch which pounds always towards victory.  It is natural for him to win.  It is in his nature to win.  He was brought up that way.  He is a real winner.  10% of our people are real winners.

Take one of these guys we call a real loser and analyze him.  When he sets out to do something, he doesn’t have the clear, vivid picture in his mind of the thing he is fighting for – He does not have a goal; he is uncertain.  He does not have the intense desire in his heart to go all out.  He does not put forth a complete, dedicated effort.  When he wins, he does not win graciously, because he crows to the high heaven about it.  He “brags”, he boasts – he appears to say “Look me over, baby.  I’m the hottest thing in town.”  When he loses, he “cries” about it, blames others and is full of alibis.

When you ask him why he lost – he may look you squarely in the eye (the real loser does not necessarily lack courage, he lacks direction) and will tell you exactly why he lost.  “You see old Joe out there?  the clock was running out – we were one point behind – Old Joe was going down teh sideline, wide open.  You saw me throw that ball forty yards – right on the button – one foot in front of Old Joe’s nose and he dropped it.  This is what cost us the game – Old Joe lost the ball game.

Or it might be, “Look at this ankle, I got hurt in the first quarter.  Let’s face it, I’m the “go-guy” on this football team, and I couldn’t go at full speed.”  Or he might also say, “you know why we lost – Just look at that old bald-headed baboon we’ve got for a coach . . . If we don’t get rid of that guy, we will lose more games.”  Or he might say, “you saw those guys in the striped shirts.  Jesse James used a pistol.  Those guys used a whistle and poured the red rag to us all night.”

A real loser can always tell you exactly why he lost, because he knows all the reasons for losing; therefore, he is always prepared mentally and spiritually to lose.  This explains why he is a loser.  Don’t bet on him.  Every fiber of his being is saturated with alibi upon alibi.  It is his nature to lose – he has made losing a habit.  10% of our people are losers.

Now let us consider the 80% of the people in the middle group, the shoulder-shrugger and analyze him.  When he goes forth to do something, he does not have the clear, mental picture of his goal, the thing he is striving for.  Therefore he will not fight to achieve, he will not put forth the extra effort.  When he wins, he wins graciously enough, because it is not important enough to get all enthused about it.  When he does lose and you ask, “Why did you lose?  You had more ability . . . You should have won this one.”  he will look at you, smile sweetly, turn his hands palm up, shrug his shoulders, and say, ‘Oh, you know how it is:  win a few, lose a few – that’s life.”  And that is life for 80% of the people.

Sat away from the real loser as if he had the plague.  Avoid him!

Yes, a shoulder-shrugger can change.  The only difference between a shoulder-shrugger and a real winner is this:  The real winner knows the magic word of the winner, the formula that refuses to fail.  No, he will never make a real winner, but he can become a consistent winner, and win more than he loses.

What is the magic word of the real winner?  What is the greatest word in education?  What is the greatest word in football?  What is the greatest word in the American way of life?  It is a long word, a 10 letter word – it is not difficult to spell.  You spell it M-O-T-V-A-T-I-O-N.  Motivation – the stuff that permeates every part of your person – when you have in your mind a clear, vivid picture of the thing you are seeking, your goal or ambition, the thing you are fighting for.  And you have in your heart an intense, burning desire to fight, to achieve, to succeed.  That’s the magic word of the winner, the formula that refuses to fail.  Motivation is DESIRE.  Enthusiastic desire to reach your goal.

That’s what makes some youth go out in the hot sun until he gets blisters on his feet and his gut aches.  Makes some lift weights until it hurts.  The motivated person will do everything possible to make himself a better person, and a greater football player.  The motivated athlete will make all necessary sacrifices (he will abide by common sense training rules, he will be physically fit at all times) and will put forth all the extra effort it takes to become and stay a winner.

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #173: A Real Winner. Coach Bacevich gave binders of his motivational handouts to thousands of people. You should print this original Coach Bacevich Handout together with the others in each weekly post and start your binder of these motivational handouts. Then read and browse the material as you desire. Soon you will have a treasure of information at your fingertips whenever you need a little inspiration and motivation from the Coach as you pursue your aspirations!

Many of Coach Bacevich’s Handouts were written for his football players as the audience. This is an example of good information written for his football players but so very applicable in all of life, sports and otherwise. When you see the phrase “football player” or “athlete”, substitute that phrase with whatever fits your situation, such as Employee, Team Member, Hockey Player, Basketball Player, etc.

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Handout #172: The Personal Qualities of Successful People

 

The Personal Qualities of Successful People

  1. Attitude
  2. Initiative
  3. Thoroughness
  4. Concentration
  5. Observation
  6. Creative Imagination
  7. Decision
  8. Adaptability
  9. Leadership
  10. Organizing Ability
  11. Expression
  12. Knowledge

THIS IS AN EXCELLENT LIST – Think through each of these qualities – If you do, you will see that each of these points makes sense.

Look about you – you will see that truly successful people do possess these qualities.

Let this list be a challenge to you – Adopt these qualities and you, too, will be successful – As a person – as a scholar – as an athlete – a football player – and as a leader.

GIVING THANKS.  When is the last time you sincerely said “thanks” to the many people who have and are helping you along the way.

“A Success is one who decided to succeed and worked.  A Failure is one who decided to succeed and wished.”

Importance of Words:  Most important three words:  “If You Please” – Most Important two words:  “Thank you” – Least important one word” “I”.

“We shall steer safely through every storm, so long as our heart is right, our intention fervent, our courage steadfast, and our trust fixed in God.”

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #172: The Personal Qualities of Successful People. Coach Bacevich gave binders of his motivational handouts to thousands of people. You should print this original Coach Bacevich Handout together with the others in each weekly post and start your binder of these motivational handouts. Then read and browse the material as you desire. Soon you will have a treasure of information at your fingertips whenever you need a little inspiration and motivation from the Coach as you pursue your aspirations!

Many of Coach Bacevich’s Handouts were written for his football players as the audience. This is an example of good information written for his football players but so very applicable in all of life, sports and otherwise. When you see the phrase “football player” or “athlete”, substitute that phrase with whatever fits your situation, such as Employee, Team Member, Hockey Player, Basketball Player, etc.

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