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Handout #334: Farewell Address – McArthur at West Point

Farewell Address – McArthur at West Point

Duty, Honor, Country:  Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be.  They are your rallying point to build courage when courage seems to fail, to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith, to create hope when hope becomes forlorn . . .

They teach you to be proud and unbending in honest failure, but humble and gentle in success:  not to substitute words for actions, not to seek the path of comfort, but to face the stress and spur of difficulty and challenge:  to learn to stand up in the storm, but to have compassion of those who fall:  to master yourself before you seek to master others:  to have a heart that is clean, a goal that is high, to learn to laugh, yet never forget how to weep:  to reach into the future, yet never neglect the past:  to be serious, yet never to take yourself too seriously:  to be modest so that you will remember the simplicity of true greatness:  the open mind of true wisdom, the meekness of true strength.

They give you a temperate will, a quality of imagination, a vigor of the emotions, a freshness of the deep springs of life, a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity, an appetite for adventure over love of ease.

They create in your heart the sense of wonder, the unfailing hope of what next, and the joy and inspiration of life.

And what sort of soldiers are those you are to lead?  Are they reliable?  Are they brave?  Are they capable of victory?

Their story is known to all of you.  It is the story of the American man at arms.  My estimate of him was formed on the battlefield many, many years ago, and has never changed, I regarded him then, and regard him now as one of the world’s best figures:  not only as one of the finest military characters, but also as one of the most stainless.

His name and frame are the birthright of every American citizen.  In his youth and strength, his love and loyalty, he gave all he could give.  He needs no eulogy from me, or from any other man.  He has written his own history and written it in red on his enemy’s breast.

You are the leaven which binds together the entire fabric of our national system of defense.  From your ranks come the great captains who hold the nation’s destiny in their hands the moment the tocain sounds. . .   The shadows are lengthening for me.  The twilight is here.  My days of old have vanished–tone and tint.  They have gone glimmering through the dreams of things that were.  Their memory is one of wondrous beauty, watered by tears and coaxed and caressed by the smiles of yesterday.  I listen vainly, but with thirsty ear, for the witching melody of faint bugles blowing reveille, of far drums beating the long roll…

Today marks my final roll call with you.  But I want you to know that when I cross the river, my last conscious thought will be of the corps, and the corps, and the corps.

I Bid You Farewell.

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Only the small at heart are ashamed of doing small things and filling small assignments. . .   The truly secure, self-confident person has no fear and shares a trait with history’s greatest leaders . . . HUMILITY

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #334: Farewell Address – McArthur at West Point. 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 #333: How Do You Measure Up? (1)

How Do You Measure Up?

  • When you affirm big, believe big and pray big, big things happen. -Norman Vincent Peale
  • The superior man blames himself – the inferior man blames others.  -Don Shula
  • You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.  -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • If you have tried to do something and failed, you are vastly better off than if you tried to do nothing and succeeded.  -Unknown
  • The path to success is never a 5 lane, no traffic, super highway.  Heartbreak, setbacks, frustrations, failures, enemies . . . appear time and again to prevent you from reaching your goals.  -Bobby Knight
  • He who has heart has hope, and he who has hope has everything.  -Arabian Proverb
  • One of the rarest things that a man ever does is the very best he can  . . .   -Unknown
  • The load of tomorrow, added to that of yesterday, carried today, makes the strongest falter.  -Sir William Osler
  • A man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first time he bites off more than he can chew.  -The Old Man
  • Excuses are like belly buttons:  Everybody has one.  -Paul brown
  • Horse sense is what stops a horse from betting on people.
  • Ingenuity plus courage plus work equals miracles.  -Rev. Bob Richards
  • Be a thinker, and a dreamer, but more important, be a doer.  -Henry Ford
  • To get the true measure of a man – note how much more he does than is required of him.  -Theodore Roosevelt
  • Time cannot be purchased, marketed or saved.  It can only be spent.  The secret then is to spend it wisely.  -Will Rogers
  • It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.  Seneca
  • If everything is going your way, you are probably heading in the wrong direction.  -Unknown
  • If you think you are confused, consider poor Columbus.  He didn’t know where he was going.  When he got there, he didn’t know where he was, and when he got back he didn’t know where he had been.  -Brother Juniper
  • Too many athletes think they can push themselves forward by patting themselves on the back.  -The Old Man
  • There is destiny that makes us brothers, none goes his way alone.  All that we send into the lives of others comes back into our own.  -The Old Philosopher
  • Be slow in choosing a fried, slower in changing.  -The Old Man

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #333: How Do You Measure Up? (1). 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 #332: Momma Look at your Big Boy Now

Momma Look at your Big Boy Now

Came along this bouncing boy to dad’s delight, to my great joy.  So small and cuddly, with a little cute grin, fat and chubby with a double chin.

“A ball from me”, said dad, so proud, ‘A star of the future above the crowd.”

And I sat back with a sigh of bliss, and thanked the Lord for all of this.

Momma, look at your big boy now.

He grew so fast, my cute little tike, pulled his wagon and rode hid trike, played in the dirt and scratched his knees, slammed the doors and climbed in trees.

And at times I thought, above it all, this kid will drive me up the wall!

But he came to me streaming tears about his bumps and childhood fears, and sat upon my lap to rest, laid his head upon my breast, and looking angelic as he could do, he whispered, ‘Momma – I love you.”

And I thought to myself – while I held him in my arms, I love this boy with all his charms.

Momma, look at your big boy now.

Then came the day he left for school, the ABC’s and social rule, Will he be safe and keep himself neat?  Will he behave and have plenty to eat?

I will worry and frat as he leaves my side – but have faith he will grown and stay in stride.  He performed his tasks each and every day and even was the dragon in the kindergarten play.  With happiness and pride – it showed on my face,

Momma, look at your big boy now.

As the years went by so very fast, I came to know a change at last.  Through the door he would fly, to the cupboard with seeking eye.  “Mom, I’m hungry – what’s to eat,” floppin’ on the chair and proppin’ his feet.

Did you make your bed and cut the grass?  Clean the tub and shine the brass?

Ah, Mom – all the guys are playing ball, and I need the practice to beat ’em all.  Cause I’m going too make the team this year and be the tough guy they all fear.

You better do your chores and mind your biz or you’re going to find out who the tough guy is!

“Ah Mom” – and faster than the words were said, up the stairs, he hit the bed.  And with a feeling of abuse, I said to myself, what’s the use?

Momma, look at your big boy now!

Then came the drills, in the heat of August steam.  “Bye Mom – I’m going to make the team.”

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #332: Momma Look at your Big Boy Now. 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 #331: Six Characteristics of Success

SIX CHARACTERISTICS OF SUCCESS

QUESTION? Why do some athletes and teams outperform those of equal ability?

SIX CHARACTERISTICS OF SUCCESS

1. They are able to out do their previous levels of accomplishments. (Practice and Competition).

2. They avoid the so-called comfort zone. They are dissatisfied with their present level of accomplishment.

3. They do what they do for the A-R-T and L-O-V-E of it and are guided by compelling, “burning”, internal goals.

4. They solve problems rather than place blame.

5. They confidentially take risk after laying out the worst consequences beforehand.

6. They have learned to rehearse coming actions and events mentally.

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“WINNING AND PERFORMANCE CAN BE LEFT TO CHANCE

BUT CONSISTENCY OF EFFORT AND INCREASED LEVELS OF PERFORMANCE

REQUIRE A DESIGNED MENTAL APPROACH TOWARD YOURSELF AND YOUR SPORT”

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No athlete or team effort will be successful unless a total focus and commitment is made individually and collectively toward two elements:

(1) POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDES and

(2) APPROPRIATE PHYSICAL BEHAVIORS.

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #331: Six Characteristics of Success. 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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