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Handout #221: A Young Father’s Letter to His Son

A Young Father’s Letter to His Son

(The following letter was written many years ago . . . June 23rd, 1900 to be exact.  It was written by one of the legendary figures in the game of football . . . AMOS ALONZO STAGG.  The venerable Stagg had a message that he wanted to make sure his son got and thus this letter.)

To My Son, Amos Alonzo Stagg, Jr.:

You are only a little fellow now – a trifle over 14 months old; but I have loved you so dearly since you came that it has been on my mind to write you a letter in the event of my being taken away at any time before I have a chance to tell you many things which you need to know.

Your Father wants his boy first of all to love, protect and care for his mother, giving to her the same kind measure of love and devotion which she has given to you.

Second, your father wants his boy to be sincere, honest and upright.  Be your true self always.  Hate dishonesty and trickery no matter how big and how great the thing desired may be.

Third, your father wants you to have a proper independence of thought . . . think matters out for yourself . . . always where it relates to your own conduct and act honestly afterwards.

Fourth, your father wants you to abhor evil.  No curiosity, no imagination, no conversation, no story, no reading which suggests impurity of life is worthy of your thought or attention.  And I beg you never yield for an instant but turn your thought to something good and helpful.

Fifth, train yourself to be master of yourself, of your thought and imagination and temper and passion and appetite and of your body.  Hold all absolutely under your will.  Allow no thought, nor imagination, nor passion, nor appetite to injure your mind or body.  Your father has never used intoxicating liquors, nor tobacco, nor profane language.  He wants his boy to be like him in this regard.

Sixth, your father wants his boy enthusiastic and earnest in all of his interests, his sports, his studies, his work; and he wants him always to keep active, actual participation in each so long as he lives.  It is my judgment that one’s life is most healthy and most successful when lived out on such a basis.

Seventh, your father wants his son to LOVE GOD, as he is revealed to him, which after all will be the revelation of all that I have said and left unsaid of good to you, my precious boy.

Affectionately,

Your Father

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #221: A Young Father’s Letter to His Son. 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 #220: Be Prepared . . .; Unsung Heroes

Be Prepared . . .

Every athlete should strive to prepare himself spiritually, mentally, physically and technically so that he can play the game to the very best of his capabilities.

Spiritual preparation comes first through the realization that a person only lives up to the best that’s within him if he has the purpose of God throbbing through his heart, and the through prayer.

Mental preparation comes through concentration, study, learning, and applying the knowledge to the task at hand.

Physical preparation comes through hard work, good training and living habits.  It should be understood that you can’t get in shape to play up to your full capacity unless you are willing to punish yourself in the conditioning process.

Technical preparation comes through the realization that football, basketball, baseball or the sport of your choosing, like life, is a game of habit and that habits, good or bad, will prevail.  Good practice habits must be practiced until they become instinctive, then and only then has the technique been learned.

Once an athlete has the confidence that comes from the knowledge of being fully prepared, he can then compete with a happy attitude.  He can look upon the challenge of competition as a pleasurable experience; a time of glory in the trill of making an all out effort, without being too intensely concerned with the results – except to make it serve as an incentive.

Only with this attitude can an athlete compete with the relaxed abandon, which frees the body, emotions and the mind from the restriction of tension.  This will assure maximum performance and with an all out effort the results will take care of themselves for there are no “losers” for the athlete that prepares and participates under this philosophy – everyone is aWINNER.”

— The Old Coach

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Unsung Heroes . . .

“Let it never be forgotten that glamor is not greatness; applause is not fame; prominence is not eminence.  The man of the hour is not apt to be the man of the ages.  A stone may sparkle, but that does not make it a diamond; a man may have money, but that does not make him a success.  It is what the unimportant do that really counts and determines the course of history.  The great forces in the universe are never spectacular.  Summer showers are more effective than hurricanes, but they get no publicity.  The world would soon die but for the fidelity, loyalty, and consecration of those whose names are unhonored and unsung.”

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  • The poorest of all men is not the one without a cent.  It’s the man without a dream.
  • He who trusts men will make fewer mistakes than he who distrusts them. 

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #220: Be Prepared . . .: Unsung Heroes. 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 #219: The Tough-Minded Optimist

The Tough-Minded Optimist

When you have what it takes to deal creatively with the harsh facts of human existence and still keep believing in good outcomes, you are a tough-minded optimist.  And in our book, that is a quality designation of anyone.

The word TOUGH really is quite a word.  And it doesn’t mean swaggering, sneering, or hard-boiled a la hoodlum.  Take a look at Webster’s definition:  it’s a masterpiece:

“TOUGH:  Having the quality of being strong or firm in texture, but flexible and not brittle, yielding to force without breaking; capable of resisting great strain without coming apart.”

To have resiliency under the application of force and not break apart, to have good substantial texture of personality, that is to be tough in its upper level meaning.

Since to get this way depends for the most part on how you think, whether with weakness or strength, timorousness or fearlessness, hesitancy or forthrightness; add toughness to your MA (mental attitude) and you’ve got a mixture that is something special, very special.  When you are tough-minded, you can endure strain and not break apart in your thoughts.  And that’s important too, for if you break in your thoughts you will indeed come apart.

But to endure and merely hold the line is not enough.  The psychiatrist who asserted that “the chief duty of man is to endure life” told only half the story, and the poorer half, at that.  To attack, to overcome, to achieve success, victory, to go forward is the better half of life’s story.  And so to the formula “Tough-Minded”, we add the upbeat word OPTIMIST.  Here again is a word that has taken on an inadequate connotation, for it is not a description of the super-cheery, the ultra-bright or the fortuitous.  It is rather to see the worst in complete realism, but still to believe in the best.  Again Webster:

OPTIMISM:  The doctrine that the goods of life overbalance the pain and evil of it, that life is preponderantly good.  The inclination to put the most favorable construction upon happenings, minimize adverse aspects, conditions and possibilities, or anticipate the best possible outcome; a cheerful and hopeful temperament.”

A “TOUGH-MINDED OPTIMIST” – then is one who doesn’t break apart in his thoughts whatever the stress and who continues hopefully and cheerfully to expect the good no matter what the apparent situation may be.

bcb    roger bacon – april, ’77

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When firmness is sufficient, rashness is unnecessary.

You drift towards the rocks; you row towards success.

Education properly understood, is an invitation to greatness.

The right angle to approach any problem is the TRY ANGLE.

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #219: The Tough-Minded Optimist. 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 #218: What it means to be Young . . .

What it means to be Young . . .

Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life.

Youth means the predominance of courage over timidity, of adventure over the love of ease.  This often exists in a man of sixty more than in a boy of twenty.  Nobody grows old merely by a number of years.  We grow old by deserting our ideals.

Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.  Worry, doubt, self-distrust, fear and despair – these bow the heart and turn the spirit back to dust.

Whether sixty of sixteen, there is in every human being’s heart the love of wonder, the sweet amazement at the stars and the starlike things, the undaunted challenge of events, the unfailing childlike appetite for what-next, and the joy of the game of living.

You are as young as your faith, as old os your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair.  — Unknown

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  • To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old.
  • So long as enthusiasm lasts, so long is youth still with us.
  • Growing old is no more than a bad habit which a busy man has no time to form.
  • FULFILLMENT – to fulfill the dreams of one’s youth; that is the best that can happen to a man.  No worldly success can take the place of that.
  • I shall grow old, but never lose life’s zest, Because the road’s last turn will be the best.

RB – BCB – 1981

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #218: What it means to be Young . . .. Leaders and Followers. 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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