Well its another Monday morning, which for some of you means hitting the books, for others dragging your sorry ass out of bed grabbing a quick cup of coffee and hitting the weekly grind. But how about this Monday instead of waking up and looking forward to the weekend that seems light years away, you give yourself a metaphorical kick in the nuts and start looking at this week as an opportunity to put yourself that much closer to your goals and dreams. The sport of life is a 24 x 7 x 365 x forever and there is always someone out there who is working their way to the top while the rest sit by the wayside. Why can’t that be you? One of my favorite quotes to read before starting another work week is this “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure, playing small does not serve the world, there is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people wont feel insecure around you, it’s not just in some of us it’s in all of us, when we let our self shine we unconsciously give others around us the ability to do the same”. Might be a little deep for a Monday morning but I digress. Whether you are involved in sports or not you will undoubtedly always be involved with a team that has a common goal. If you are an integral part of that team is solely based on your effort. It’s easy to judge effort by how many hours a day pass while you are at work or practicing. That’s the worst way to measure effort. Effort is measured by setting goals and getting results. Period. Like the great Bobby Knight once said ” Everyone has got the will to win; it’s only those with the will to prepare that do win”. I’m sure I’m not far off by assuming that most of you are not where you would like to be in life, just remember that whatever crummy job you have, you are getting paid to learn a real world education. Information and time are the two most valuable assets in the world. Never take for granted the time you have or information you receive. Education is a lifelong endeavor. So wipe the crust from your eyes, get a double shot of espresso, and kick todays ass! Take hold of your future starting today. Tell yourself that from now on your going to make the sacrifices and risks necessary to take you to the top of whatever it is you are involved in. Gain an edge on your competition every chance you get and above all have fun doing it. I’ll end with this simple fact of life and sport. It’s not whether the glass is half empty or half full, it’s all about who is pouring the fucking water!
Arrogant One: This post was contributed by Scotty Max, who played for me at Oviedo. He’s living in Indiana (Charm: and unfortunately an IU fan) where he continues to like trucks, dogs and women in roughly that order. He is best remembered for leading our team in technical fouls, no small feat given that he played less than the notably ill-tempered Jose Davila.