Tuesday, October 30, 2012


"Even when you've played the game of your life, it's the feeling of teamwork that you'll remember.  You'll forget the plays, the shots, and the scores, but you'll never forget your teammates."


Thursday, October 25, 2012


The following is a poem written by Dan Clark for Anthony Robles.  It comes from Roble's book "Unstoppable."  Want to learn more about Robles? Check out one of our previous blog posts: http://goo.gl/mwgVC.

Every soul who comes to earth
With a leg -- or two -- at birth
Must wrestle his opponents knowing
It's not what it is, it's what can be that measures worth.
Make it hard, just make it possible
And through pain I'll not complain,
My spirit is unconquerable
Fearless I will face each foe, for I know
I am capable, I don't care what's probable
Through blood, sweat and tears
I am unstoppable.

Saturday, October 13, 2012


So you probably agree that listening is important. But what does it mean to listen? We heard a story about a high school music appreciation class that provides a meaningful answer to that question. The teacher of the class asked for a volunteer to explain the difference between listening and hearing. At first no one wanted to answer; but finally, a student raised his hand. When the teachers called on him, he said, “Listening is wanting to hear.” That answer is a great start. To become a good listener, you have to want to hear. But you also need some skills to help you.

To increase your understanding of others as you listen, follow these guidelines offered by Eric Allenbaugh:

1. Listen with a head-heart connection.

2. Listen with the intent of understanding.

3. Listen for the message and the message behind the message.

4. Listen for both content and feelings.

5. Listen with your eyes—your hearing will be improved.

6. Listen for others’ interest, not just their position.

7. Listen for what they are saying and not saying.

8. Listen with empathy and acceptance.

9. Listen for the areas where they are afraid and hurt.

10. Listen as you would like to be listened to.

From "Becoming a Person of Influence" by John Maxwell and Jim Dornan

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


This photo was snapped a few days ago.  After practice, Kobe Bryant stuck around and worked on his individual ball handling drills. Which begs the question:

If one of the best players to have
ever played the game still finds
the need and time to work on
developing his game, why aren't you?


The following comes from "Go For Gold" by John Maxwell:

The next time you experience a failure, think about why you failed instead of who was at fault. Analyze any failure:

What lessons have I learned?

Am I grateful for this experience?

How can I turn the failure into success?

Practically speaking, where do I go from here?

Who else has failed in this way before, and how can that person help me?

How can my experience help others someday to keep from failing?

Did I fail because of another person, because of my situation, or because of myself?

Did I actually fail, or did I fall short of an unrealistically high standard?

Where did I succeed as well as fail?

"Be the first to take responsibility for finding
answers when things go wrong for your team."
-John Maxwell-

Tuesday, October 9, 2012


"Passion, teamwork, and a belief that you can get it done -- those are the three big things for me.  First, you have to have a passion for what you do in life; that's the key to success in my eyes.  Second, you have to be a good teammate.  Working together alongside so many personalities, that's not always an easy thing.  Teamwork is totally necessary though in order for your team to be successful.  Lastly, you gotta believe.  If you believe that you can do it, whether it's in sports, business or life, that's when amazing things can happen.  You have to believe.  So, if you are able to put all of those things together, then the sky is the limit."

-Jerome Bettis
From "Raising Lombardi" by Ross Bernstein