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- Coaching Basketball: Molding Tough, Hard Working Men - July 14, 2017
I never meet anyone who does not have faults. We are not perfect; however, we should strive for perfection. As a team we are developing a brand that is built on the four pillars of: Discipline, hard work, we before me and accountability.
My job is to help boys become men. I must not wavier in my duty. I must not assume that someone else is providing this guidance. I must be steadfast in my charge. I want these boys who become men to be able to take care of themselves.
If you have no excuse you will have no regrets at the end of your task. Work hard in your youth so there will be no regrets when the competition is done. The time will come when you can no longer run and jump as high. Discipline yourself to work hard so you will have no regrets.
Ke Ke, a hard working point guard, who won 45 games the two years he started, told me once “I should have worked harder on my game.” By the way he owns his own business now.
Jay Bilas wrote in his book Toughness: Developing True Strength on and off the Court, “Toughness is learned over a lifetime of preparation. It comes from discipline, a team-oriented mind-set, and belief in you.”
The students at West Point, the Army Academy exude it: It’s demonstrated through the Cadet’s Prayer
O God, our Father, and Thou Searcher our human hearts help us to draw near to Thee in sincerity and truth. May our religion be filled with gladness and may our worship of Thee be natural. Strengthen and increase our admiration for honest dealing and clean thinking, and suffer not our hatred of hypocrisy and pretense ever to diminish. Encourage us in our endeavor to live above the common level of life. Make us to choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong, and never to be content with a half-truth when the whole can be won. Endow us with courage that is born of loyalty to all that is noble and worthy, that scorns to compromise with vice and injustice and knows no fear when truth and right are in jeopardy. Guard us against flippancy and irreverence in the sacred things of life. Grant us new ties of friendship and new opportunities of service. Kindle our hearts in fellowship with those of a cheerful countenance, and soften our hearts with sympathy for those who sorrow and suffer. Help us to maintain the honor of the Corps untarnished and unsullied and to show forth in our lives the ideals of West Point in doing our duty to Thee and to our Country. All of which we ask in the name of the Great Friend and Master of all. – Amen
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