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Handout #347: How Do You Measure a Man?

How Do You Measure a Man?

What can we use when we measure a man?  What can we use for the test?  It isn’t a yardstick, it isn’t a scale, for size does not make him the best.

It isn’t the kind of job that he holds, nor the money he has in the bank, nor his college degrees, nor the clothes that he wears, nor the titles, position, nor rank.

The measure that counts, that makes him a MAN, is the way that he wears with his friends; It’s the kindness he shows, the pleasures he shares, And the unselfish service he lends.

It’s his everyday living, the interest he takes, in his day-to-day dealings with others; His desire to help, his love of mankind, that sets him apart from his brothers.

He doesn’t seek honors, he doesn’t seek fame.  His friendliness isn’t a plan; just the way that he lives, passes all of the tests, that we use when we measure a MAN.

— John Waters

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Life’s Weaving

  1. My life is but a weaving between my God and me.  I may not choose the colors.  He knows what they should be.  For he can view the pattern upon the upper side, while I can see it only, on this, the under side.
  2. Sometimes he weaves in sorrow, which seems so strange to me.  But I will trust His judgment and work on faithfully.  Tis He who fills the shuttle.  He knows just what is best.  So I will weave in earnest and leave with Him the rest.
  3. At least when life in ended, with Him I shall abide.  Then I view the pattern upon the upper side.  Then I shall know the reason why pain, with joy entwined, was woven in the fabric of life that God-Designed.  — Unknown

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Someone Said It — Hell begins on the day when God grants us a clear vision of all that we might have achieved, of all the gifts which we have wasted, of all that we might have done which we did not do.

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #347: How Do You Measure a Man?. 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 #346: How Do You Act When The Pressure’s On?

How Do You Act When The Pressure’s On?

How do you act when the pressure’s on,

When the chance for victory’s almost gone,

When fortune’s star has refused to shine,

When the ball is on your five yard line?

How do you act when the goin’s rough,

Does your spirit lag when breaks are tough?

Or, is there in you a flame that glows

brighter and fiercer as the battle grows?

How hard, how long, will you fight the foe?

That’s what the world would like to know!

Cowards can fight when they’re abut ahead;

The up-hill grind shows a thoroughbred!

You wish for success? . . then tell me, son,

HOW DO YOU ACT WHEN THE PRESSURE’S ON?

—  J. Fred Lawton, 1947

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #346: How Do You Act When the Pressure’s On?. 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 #343: Friends

Friends

If nobody smiled and nobody cheered, and nobody helped us along;

If every man looked after himself and good things all went to the strong;

If nobody cared just a little for you, and nobody thought about me;

And all we stood alone in the battle of life, what a dreary old world it would be.

 

Life is sweet just because of the friends we have made, and the things in common that we share;

We want to live on, not because of ourselves, but because of the people who care;

It’s giving and doing for somebody else–on that all life’s splendor depends;

And the joy of the world, when you have summed it all up, is found in the making of friends.

— Chipped from Hillyard Chemical Co. Bulletin

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #343: Friends. 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 #327: The Art of Being Gracious

The Art of Being Gracious

Everyone would like to be a gracious person.  Graciousness is a precious attribute of most of the things we yearn for – admiration, respect, love and happiness.  It is a mistake to think that one is born with this attribute.  It is an acquired trait, as readily acquired as good manners, which constitute a very important part of it.  But unlike most arts one does not need to have a special talent for it.  Only the sincere desire to be gracious – plus thoughtfulness and practice – are required.

The key to the art is the Golden Rule – applied so consistently that it becomes natural.  It is a matter of treating others the you would like to be treated – not because it is the diplomatic thing to do but because you want to treat them that way.

The art of being gracious is developed by doing kind things – and sometimes difficult things – in the kindest way, until such behavior becomes characteristic of you.  And how rewarding such a grace can be!  Wordsworth declared that such little, shameless, unremembered acts of kindness add up to the best portion of a good man’s life.

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The “We” in Medicine

For many yearsKenneth Roberts was a staff writer for the Saturday Evening Post.  In one of his pieces he told of watching s well-known surgeon preparing for a complex operation.  As he went through the laborious preparation for it – scrubbing for the allotted time and being helped into cap and rubber gloves – he seemed confident but a little tense.  Asked if he was “all set” he answered. “Almost,” and bowed his head for a moment.  Then calm and relaxed, he led the way to the operating room.  During the operation his hand never faltered.

“Afterwards,” said Roberts, “I told him I was a bit surprised by his praying before he went in.  I thought that a surgeon relied solely on his own ability.”  “A surgeon is only human,” the doctor answered.  “He can’t work miracles by himself.  I am certain science couldn’t have advanced as far as it has were it not for something stronger than mere man.  “You see,” the surgeon continued, “I feel so close to God when I am operating that I don’t know where my skill leaves off and His begins.”

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  • If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how men would believe, and adore, and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown?  But every night comes ou these enjoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile.  — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • It is funny peculiar, or funny ha-ha?  — John Hay
  • We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.  — George Bernard Shaw
  • Beware the furry of the patient man.  — John Bryden
  • A man, Sir, should keep his friendships in constant repair.  — Samuel Johnson

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #327: The Art of Being Gracious. 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 #322: The Great Thing in Life

The Great Thing in Life

The great thing in life is not is much where we stand now,

But rather,

In what direction are we headed.

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  • If somebody you got is trying to tell you how  to run your program, get rid of him or get out of there because it will drive you nuts.
  • Dear Father:  Our one great coach, help us to play this game with dedicated spirit and willing body.  With open and eager mind.  So that lessons learned as we compete today may better prepare us for life’s long way.
  • My God is first, my Team is second, and I am third.
  • Lord, when we are wrong, make us willing to change.  And when we are right, make us easy to live with.
  • What we are is God’s gift to you – What you make of yourself is your gift to God.
  • Team success is not one man or one thought.  It is a collection of men and thoughts . . . working together in harmony and to be able to give to the group and to understand you’re not there by yourself.
  • To be a Team, everyone needs to see the “other guy” working, just as hard as them, doing the same workout if not the same weight.
  • We have a different purpose for testing than what most people may believe.  We are not attempting to “catch” drug offenders; rather we want to give our kids a hand when dealing with peer pressure.  A reason to say “no”.

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TALENT is God-given – Be THANKFUL

FAME is man-given – Be HUMBLE

CONCEIT is self-given – Be CAREFUL

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #322: The Great Thing in Life. 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 #312: An Admirable Man . . .

An Admirable Man . . .

If a man is honest with others and with himself . . .

If he receives gratefully and gives quietly . . .

If he is gentle enough to feel and strong enough to show his feelings.

If he is slow to see the faults of others, but quick to discover their goodness . . .

If he is cheerful in difficult times and modest in success . . .

If he does his best to be true to his beliefs . . .

THEN

He is truly AN ADMIRABLE MAN.

Now, then – How Do You Measure Up?

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GRAMMAR . . .

Live in the active voice, rather than in the passive.  Think more about what you make happen than what is happening to you.

Live in the indicative mood, rather than in the subjunctive.  Be concerned with things as they are, rather than as they might be.

Live in the present tense, facing the duty at hand without regret for the past or worry over the future.

Live in the singular number, caring more for the approval of your own conscience than for the applause of the crowd.

— The Treasure Chest

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SPIRITUAL MATURITY

Spiritual maturity begins when we realize that we are God’s guests in this world.  We are not householders, but pilgrims; not landlords, tenants; not owners, but guests.  — Father Sylvester

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WHAT LIFE IS . . .

Life is a race.  Don’t whimper if the track is rough and the goal is distant.  One day you shall reach it.

Life is a voyage.  Don’t complain if the storms batter the hull or the winds batter to shreds the sails.  One day you shall come to your haven.

Life is growth.  Don’t find fault if the seed lies smothered and submerged in the dark earth before it blooms and blossoms.  One day you shall have your harvest.

Life is a pilgrimage.  Don’t falter on the road through self-pity because stones cut your feet and leave your blood on the trail.  One day you will come to Immanuel’s land.

The God who through the boundless sky guides the flight of the sparrow, who builds the blind bird’s nest, will see to it that in his good time you shall arrive.

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HALLMARKS OF TRUE LOVE . . .

  1. A genuine interest in the other person and all that he or she says and does.
  2. A community of tastes, ideals, and standards with no serious clashes.
  3. A greater happiness in the being with the other person than with any other.
  4. A real unhappiness when the other person is absent.
  5. A great feeling of comradeship.
  6. A willingness to give and take.
  7. A pride in the other person when comparisons are made.

— The Treasure Chest

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GIFTS

  • To your enemy, forgiveness.
  • To your opponent, tolerance.
  • To a friend, your heart.
  • To a customer, service.
  • To all men, charity.
  • To every child, a good example.
  • To yourself, RESPECT.

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #312: An Admirable Man. 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 #308: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

We thank thee, Father, for the care that did not come to try us; the burden that we did not bear,

The trouble that passed by us; the task that we did not fail to do, the hurt we did not cherish;

The friend who did not prove untrue, the joy that did not perish.

We thank thee for the blinding storm that did not lose its swelling; and for the sudden blight of harm that came not nigh our dwelling.

We thank the for the dart unshed, the bitter word unspoken, the grave unmade, the tear unshed, the heart-tie still unbroken.

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Thanks Be To God

I do not thank thee, Lord, that I have bread to eat while others starve; nor yet for work to do while empty hands solicit Heaven; nor for a body strong while other bodies flatten beds of pain, No, not for these do I give thanks.

But I am grateful, Lord, because my meager loaf I may divide; For that my busy hands may move to meet another’s need; because my doubled strength I may expend to steady one who faints.  Yes, for all these do I give thanks.

For heart to share, desire to bear and will to lift, flamed into one by deathless Love – Thanks be to God for this! Unspeakable! His gift.  — Jane Alford

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The Goal . . .

All roads that lead to God our good;

What matters it, your faith or mine;

Both center at teh goal divine of love’s eternal brotherhood.

A thousand creeds have come and gone;

But what is that to you or me?

Creeds are but branches of a tree,

the root of love lives on and on.

Though branch by branch proves withered wood,

The root is warm . . . with precious wine;

Then keep your faith, and leave me mine;

All roads that lead to God are good.  — Ella Wheeler Wincox

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God’s Altar . . .

There is in all the sons of men a love that in the spirit dwells,

That panteth after things unseen, and tidings of the future tells.

And God hath built his altar here to keep this fire of faith alive,

And sent his priests in holy fear to speak the truth – for truth to strive.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Wasting Time

Lost yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours each set with sixty diamond minutes.  No reward is offered, for they are gone forever.

The biggest sin in life is wasting time.

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What God Hath Promised

God hath not promised skies always blue, flower-strewn pathways all our lives through;

God hath not promised sun without rain, joy without sorrow, peace without pain.

But God hath promised strength for the day, rest for the labor, light for the way,

Grace for the trials, help from above, unfailing sympathy, undying love.

— Annie Johnson Flint

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #308: Thanksgiving. 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 #297: No Time; Courage – Leadership

NO TIME

I knelt to pray, but not for long, I had too much to do.

Must hurry of and get to work for bills would soon be due; And so I said a hurried prayer, jumped up from off my knees —-My Christian duty not was done, my soul could be at ease.

All through the day I had no time to speak a word of cheer, No time to speak of Christ to friends — they’d laugh at me I feared.

No time, no time, too to do, that was my constant cry – – No time to give to those in need.

At last, t’was time to die.

And when before the Lord I came, I stood with downcast eyes – – Within His hand He held a book, it was the Book of Life.

God looked into His book and said, “Your name I cannot find, I once was going to write it down – but never found the time.” – Unknown

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B U R D E N   B E A R I N G

  • No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it to anyone else.
  • Help carry one another’s burdens, and in this way you will obey the law of Christ.
  • “I shall pass through this world but once.  Any good that I can do or any kindness that I can show any human being, let me know and not defer it. For I shall not pass this way again.” – Unknown

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COURAGE – LEADERSHIP

  • COURAGE is what it takes to stand up and speak; COURAGE is also what it takes to sit down and listen.
  • When success turns an athlete’s head he faces failure.
  • A man who cannot lead and will not follow immediately obstructs.
  • One man plus COURAGE is a majority.
  • PROGRESS comes from the intelligent use of experience.
  • We are all alike; we have eyes, ears, arms, legs AND a head. The difference is in the HEART.
  • COURAGE consists not of blindly overlooking danger, BUT in seeing it and conquering it.
  • Never put your finger on someone’s faults unless it’s part of a helping hand.
  • Common sense is really not all that common.
  • COURAGE conquers all things.
  • Have ideals and live with them.
  • When you ask someone to do a job, FIRST be sure in your mind what it is you want.
  • A leader is best when people barely know he exists . . . When his work is done, his aim is fulfilled. They will say, “We did this ourselves.”

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #297: No Time; Courage-Leadership. 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 #296: A Family Is . . .

A Family Is . . .

A family is people who grow together in faith, work together in hope, worship together in love.

Bear one another’s faults, share one another’s joy, need one another, support one another, look for God in one another, see God in everyone, live as individuals, are separate yet one.

A family is people who are joined by God’s presence living in each other.

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here: Handout #296: A Family Is . . . . 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 #291: Famous Quotes

Famous Quotes

  • The love of humanity as such is mitigated by violent dislike of the next door neighbor.  Alfred N. Whitehead
  • GOD’S gifts put man’s best dreams to shame.  Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • What you bring away from the Bible depends to some extent on what you carry to it.  Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • Music is the only language in which you cannot say a mean or sarcastic thing.  John Erskine
  • Growing old is no more than a bad habit which a busy man has no time to form.  Andre Maurois
  • Do not think it is wasted time to submit yourself to any influence which may bring upon you any noble feeling.  John Ruskin
  • Our business in life is not to get ahead of other people, but to get ahead of ourselves.  Maltbie D. Babcock
  • There is no power on earth that can neutralize the influence of a high, pure, simple, and useful life.  Booker T. Washington
  • People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.  Joseph Fort Newton
  • “Stay” is a charming word in a friend’s vocabulary.  Amos Bronson Alcott
  • I could tell where the lamplighter was by the trail he left behind him.  Harry Lauder
  • It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.  Agnes Reppler

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #291: Famous Quotes.  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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