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Handout #357: The Art of being Gracious

Thank you to all of you who have reached out to me asking what happened to the weekly Coach Bacevich posts.  I thoroughly enjoyed the stories that I received over the last month about how you look forward to the motivational words every Monday, how you find bits of relevant information and forward it along to your children, friends, grandchildren etc.  The site had some technical difficulties that took longer to fix than I expected.  We did not give up though, and we are back!!  Have a great holiday weekend and Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.  I am so thankful for my family – my wife, my boys, my parents, my in-laws and my sister and her children!  I love you all and am so thankful for everything you do!  Although I already posted this Handout, the Art of Being Gracious, I thought it was especially relevant with Thanksgiving only a few days away.  I hope you get as much joy and guidance from it as I did.  May the good Lord shower you with his blessings!  Happy Thanksgiving, Mike Bacevich

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 way 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.

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #357: The Art of Being G. 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 #354: Make Today a Great Day

Make Today a Great Day

  • Man loves company even if it is that of a small candle.
  • Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance.
  • There is no such thing as a non-working mother.
  • Love, Honor and Negotiate.
  • Three of the most difficult things in life are:  (i) to keep a secret; (ii) to forget an injury; and (iii) too make good use of leisure time.
  • If there’s one thing we should let others find out for themselves, it’s how great we are.
  • You only live once – if you do it right, once is enough!
  • The problems of yesterday can become the opportunities of today for the victories of tomorrow.  The failures of yesterday can become the lessons of today for the achievement of tomorrow.  The difficulties of yesterday can become the strength of today for the triumphs of tomorrow.
  • It takes a lot of boy to go one step more; but after he does, he realizes that he can and even more – that he is a man.
  • Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.
  • No coach or teacher ever won a game by what he knows; it’s what his players have learned that wins.
  • A student is not a vessel to be filled, but a lamp to be lighted.
  • DEFEAT may serve as well as VICTORY to shake the soul and let the glory out.
  • I will get ready, and then perhaps my chance will come.  – Lincoln
  • Almost any difficulty will move in the face of honesty.
  • A man rarely succeeds at anything unless he has fun doing it.

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May You Have . . .

enough happiness to make you sweet;

enough trials to keep you strong;

enough sorrow to keep you human;

enough hope to keep you happy;

enough failure to make you humble;

enough success to keep you eager;

enough friends to give you comfort;

enough faith and courage in yourself, your work, and your country to banish depression;

enough wealth to meet your needs;

enough determination to make each day better than yesterday.

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ATTITUDE

Every change in human attitude must come through internal understanding and acceptance.  Man is the only known creature who can reshape and remold himself by altering his attitude.

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #354: Make Today a Great Day. 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 #352: The Family in America

The Family In America

The raising of children, and their training, is a serious obligation which the conscientious parent cannot delegate to others. It is part of his/her job to see that the children become useful members of society – and that is a personal responsibility.

Such parents as mine, for instance, had no inhibitions about “cramping a child’s style” or obliterating his personality. They realized, as sensible people, that the job of training a child is one that takes strength of purpose and deep love with a long-range view – not the kind that coddles and indulges, and allows a child to imagine that the world is going to be his oyster . . . . The experience of my whole life tells me that successful dealings between men are influenced for good or ill by home backgrounds.

It seems to me that the American family used to be more closely knit; though it was made up of individuals, there was a unity, a common interest. And this gave a strong feeling of security to each member of the family unit. I do not say that this situation does not exist today – but I do say, and I have years of observation to prove it – that the average parent today, in his desire to make his children happy and give them everything they want, is less apt to instill in them those qualities of character that grow out of wholesome self-denial.

Many people assume that this is an outmoded point of view, belonging to a slower, simpler way of life. Quite the contrary; the speed and complexity of present day living require of us, if anything, greater discipline and fortitude, to enable us to see and do what is important.

If we are to keep America secure, we must look to the preservation of the American family. We must concern ourselves deeply, and with wise love, about our children. We must know where they are, what they are doing, what they are learning. We must take a hand in teaching them, day by day, not controlling, but guiding. They are the new citizens who will receive the torch from our hands and carry it on.

America. If it is sound and right, we need to have no fears for America. And there, I think, is the job which lies at hand for everyone, and which no one can side-step without danger to our American way of life.

— J.C. Penney

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Glen Cunningham, one-time mile record holder – “My legs are the weakest part of me! I run more from the hips up then from the hips down. This is how it has to be with anybody – you can go where your heart takes you, not your legs. The handicap can become a great blessing if you run like a man, not a jackrabbit.

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #352: The Family in America. 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 #348: Getting Ahead

Getting Ahead

To use all of your courage to force yourself to concentrate on the problem at hand, to think of it deeply and constantly, to study it from all angles and to plan.

To have a high and sustained determination to put over what you plan to accomplish, not if circumstances be favorable to its accomplishment, but in spite of all adverse circumstances which may arise . . . and nothing worthwhile has ever been accomplished without some obstacles to overcome.

To refuse to believe that there are any circumstances sufficiently strong to defeat you in the accomplishment of your purpose.

Gen. Douglas MacArthur – There is no security in this life, only opportunity.

Danish Proverb – He who would leap high must take a long run.

BIG SHOTS are usually LITTLE SHOTS who kept shooting.

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EXPERIENCE is a wonderful thing.  It enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.

There are two kinds of people in the world-those who are always getting ready to do something, and those who go ahead and do it.  — Albert Hubbard

The best eraser in the world is a good night’s sleep.  Try it!!

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ENTHUSIASM – AMBITION – Y-O-U are the fellow who has to decide whether you’ll do it or toss it aside.  Y-O-U are the fellow who makes up your mind whether you’ll lead or linger behind.  Whether you’ll try for the goal that’s afar or be contented to stay where you are.  Take it or leave it.  Here’s something to do, just think it over it’s all up to you.

THREE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT THINGS TO DO IN LIFE are to keep a secret, forget an injury AND make a good use of your leisure time.

THE PERSON WHO GETS AHEAD is the one who does more than is necessary and keeps on doing it.  How about you?

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DR. VICTOR FRANKI – HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR:  The reason so many people are unhappy today and are seeking help to cope with life is that they fail to understand what human existence is all about.  Until we recognize that life is not just something to be enjoyed, but rather is a task that each of us is assigned, we’ll never find meaning in our lives and never truly be happy.

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #348: Getting Ahead. 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 #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.

© {BCB}

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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 #345:: Achieving Success . . . The Same Principles Apply

Achieving Success . . . The Same Principles Apply

After reviewing my athletic career, spiced with five years experience of operating my own business, I can offer the following guidelines to achieving success in both sports and the business world, because the same principles apply.

First of all, you need to have both long-range goals and short-range goals.  In my case, the long-range goal was to play pro football.  But in order to do this, I had to have short-term goals such as increasing my agility, putting on weight, building strength, and being competitive enough to get a college scholarship.  In college, I had the same basic goals, along with the development of self-discipline and making my grades.  After attaining my goal of becoming a professional ball player, I set new goals – becoming an All-Pro and winning a Super Bowl.

The next ingredient in my formula for success is dedication.  This includes rigorous self-discipline, consistent hard work, and maintaining a strict routine.  With the right attitude of dedication, you can make every day profitable toward achieving the big goal.

Of course, to be successful, one must have good ability which is God-given.  Our creator designs each of us with specific talents, but then we have the choice to develop our potential or not.  A winner will choose to make the most of his assets and even over compensate for areas of weakness.

To be successful, one must have experience.  In my case, I played in five unsuccessful seasons with the Cowboys before finally starting to win.  Each losing season gave me some valuable experience which finally contributed to the winning seasons.

The final attribute I wish to list for that of a winner is self-confidence.  There is a saying, “A chain is as string as its weakest link.”  Lack of confidence could be the weak link in the chain, so one must believe in oneself in order to achieve success.  Self-confidence comes from learning your own strengths and weaknesses.  Through much experience in competing, one arrives at this knowledge.  Then one can build up weak areas and focus on the strong ones.

— Bob Lilly, NFL Defensive Tackle

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #345: Achieving Success . . . The Same Principles Apply. 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

© {BCB}

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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 #342: Try and Be The Best

TRY AND BE THE BEST

If you can’t be the pine on the top of the hill, Be a scrub in the valley – but be the best little scrub at the side of the hill; be a bush if you can’t be a tree.

If you can’t be a bush, be a bit of grass, Some highway to happier to make;

If you can’t be a muskie; then just be a bass – But the liveliest bass in the lake.

We can’t all be captains, some have to be the crew; There’s something for all of us here;

There’s big work to do; there’s lesser to do; And the task we must do is near.

If you can’t be a highway, then just be a trail, If you can’t be a sun, be a star.  It isn’t by the size that you win or fail – Be the BEST of whatever you are.

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WHAT IS A COMPETITOR?

He plays like very play means the championship.  The guy never gives up.  He’s never beat mentally.  He’s a game player, He comes through for his team.  He is consistent.  He does his job on every play.  Setbacks don’t discourage him.  He’s never satisfied with his performance.  He keeps on going play after play.  FULL SPEED.

He runs you to death.  You can’t relax for a moment,  He doesn’t play cautious.  He’s aggressive – always on the attack.  He’s more interested in the team than personal glory and winning is the most important goal.  Young man, young girl – How Do You Measure Up?

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MOTIVATION

MORALE – recognize individual rewards – rewards, personal contact – dressing room.

OPPORTUNITY – getting it – convince with facts – film grade – stats.

TOGETHERNESS – dressing room unity – pictures – press guide – newspapers.

INITIATIVE – encourage to lead – find leaders early.

VARIETY – Change off season, program fun – make practice exciting.

ATTITUDE – how do the players feel, act, react.

TRADITION – cannot be bought, sold, bargained for.  IT MUST BUILD.

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CONDITION – Comes from hard work during practice A-N-D proper mental and morale conduct between practices.

© {BCB}

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #342: Try and Be the Best. 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 #338: Character

CHARACTER

CHARACTER – To me, Character is being able to say “YES” and “NO” to the right and wrong things.

Fielding Yost, the legendary coach of the Michigan Wolverines in the early 1900s, once told his players, “No coach in America asks any man to make any sacrifice.  He requests that he do the opposite – live clean, come clean, think clean – that he stop doing all the things that destroy him mentally, morally and physically and begin doing the things that make him keener, finer and more competent.”  It’s not sacrifice to play football, it’s a great privilege.

It takes a young man with special qualities to play football and compete in the classroom.

Horace Greely once was quoted:  Favor is a Vapor, Popularity an Accident, Riches take Wings, Those who cheer you today will curse you tomorrow, One thing endures:  Character.

Vince Lombardi was quoted:  “Character is the result of mental attitude.  You can’t dream yourself into character.  Character rather than education is man’s need and man’s greatest safeguard.  I believe that character is higher than intellect, and the difference between men is certainly in energy, in invincible determination, in strong will; but leadership is in sacrifice, in self-denial, in love and fearlessness and in humility and disciplined will.  This is the distinction between great and little men.”

I believe football develops character.  There is no easy way to practice football.  It is often the most difficult thing that a young man undertakes in his lifetime.  It prepares him for the trials and struggles of life.

John Wooden once said:  “Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation, because your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”  Each of us knows when we look into the mirror whether we’re pleased with ourselves.

George Washington many years ago stated:  “I hope I shall always possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.”  My experience in high school and college football has taught me that the most difficult thing for young men to do is to tell the truth, regardless of the consequences.  They prefer to tell you what you want to hear and not what os the truth.

Helen Keller said it this way:  “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet.  Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.”  Silver is purified in fire and so are we.  It is the most trying times that our real character is shaped and revealed.  We have a unique opportunity and responsibility as coaches lead to young men into lives of responsibility and accountability.

Paul “Bear” Bryant said it this way just before his death:  “We’re supposed to be living in a very sophisticated time, with sophisticated young people, all worldly and knowledgeable.  How can the game of football still be important in that context?

“I’ll tell you how I feel.  I feel it’s more important than ever.  What else have we to anchor to?  Where else can we walk out there evensame everything and compete?  Look around.  Maybe the football field is the only place left.  Maybe we’ve already lost it everywhere else.”

Woody Hayes … “this coaching profession is so great you’ll never appreciate it until you retire.  You have no idea the impact you have on players . . . ”

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For a .pdf file of this original Coach Bacevich Handout, click here:  Handout #338: Character . . .. 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

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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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