Cleaning Out My Closet

Let the record reflect that on the morning of August 27th in the year of our Lord 2012, I took a synedrex for the first time in over a month. Synedrex is to my experience a wonder drug. Ostensibly a fat burner that I got as a free sample at the Europa, it fills me with energy, mental focus and little or no desire to eat food. As of this writing, I am still alive and consider this a win.

With energy and mental focus to burn, I started to go through my closet to throw away junk and perhaps find something of value. In college, I started a quote book. I wrote down inspirational and comical quotes as I found them. This book was in my closet. The interior pocket contained two folded pages that once unfolded were revealed as the prologue of a book (title unkown). The prologue was an extended description of Clearcus the Spartan general, and speaks to combat and stress leadership.

“Clearcus was a man to be obeyed. He achieved this result by his toughness. He had a forbidding appearance and a harsh voice. His punishments were severe ones and were sometimes inflicted in anger….With him punishment was a matter of principle, for he thought that an army without discipline was good for nothing, indeed it is reputed that he said a soldier ought to be more frightened of his commander than of the enemy if he was going to turn out one who could keep a good guard, or abstain from doing harm to his own side, or go into battle without second thoughts. So it happened that in difficult positions the soldiers would give him complete confidence and wished for no one better. On these occasions they said his forbidding look seemed positively cheerful and his toughness appeared as confidence in the face of the enemy, so that it was no longer toughness to them, but something to make them feel safe…Once they began to win victories with him, one could see how important were the factors which made his men into good soldiers.” -Xenophon

Last week, I spoke with Little Wolverine, who is about to embark on his first head coaching job with our freshman. He talked about finding his voice, and I agreed that the voice must be his own. There is no hard template for leadership, but the measure of that leadership will always be the impact made on the troops.

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