“Take risks. Ask big questions. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes; if you don’t make mistakes, you’re not reaching far enough.”
“Why are we here? I think many people assume, wrongly, that a company exists solely to make money. Money is an important part of a company’s existence, if the company is any good. But a result is not a cause. We have to go deeper and find the real reason for our being.”
“Marketing is too important to be left to the marketing department.”
“To remain static is to lose ground.”
“A group of people get together and exist as an institution we call a company so they are able to accomplish something collectively that they could not accomplish separately – they make a contribution to society, a phrase which sounds trite but is fundamental.”
“The greatest success goes to the person who is not afraid to fail in front of even the largest audience.”
“Set out to build a company and make a contribution, not an empire and a fortune.”
“A company that focuses solely on profits ultimately betrays both itself and society.”
11 Simple Rules
“1. Think first of the other fellow. This is THE foundation – the first requisite – for getting along with others. And it is the one truly difficult accomplishment you must make. Gaining this, the rest will be “a breeze.”
2. Build up the other person’s sense of importance. When we make the other person seem less important, we frustrate one of his deepest urges. Allow him to feel equality or superiority, and we can easily get along with him.
3. Respect the other man’s personality rights. Respect as something sacred the other fellow’s right to be different from you. No two personalities are ever molded by precisely the same forces.
4. Give sincere appreciation. If we think someone has done a thing well, we should never hesitate to let him know it. WARNING: This does not mean promiscuous use of obvious flattery. Flattery with most intelligent people gets exactly the reaction it deserves – contempt for the egotistical “phony” who stoops to it.
5. Eliminate the negative. Criticism seldom does what its user intends, for it invariably causes resentment. The tiniest bit of disapproval can sometimes cause a resentment which will rankle – to your disadvantage – for years.
6. Avoid openly trying to reform people. Every man knows he is imperfect, but he doesn’t want someone else trying to correct his faults. If you want to improve a person, help him to embrace a higher working goal – a standard, an ideal – and he will do his own “making over” far more effectively than you can do it for him.
7. Try to understand the other person. How would you react to similar circumstances? When you begin to see the “whys” of him you can’t help but get along better with him.
8. Check first impressions. We are especially prone to dislike some people on first sight because of some vague resemblance (of which we are usually unaware) to someone else whom we have had reason to dislike. Follow Abraham Lincoln’s famous self-instruction: “I do not like that man; therefore I shall get to know him better.”
9. Take care with the little details. Watch your smile, your tone of voice, how you use your eyes, the way you greet people, the use of nicknames and remembering faces, names and dates. Little things add polish to your skill in dealing with people. Constantly, deliberately think of them until they become a natural part of your personality.
10. Develop genuine interest in people. You cannot successfully apply the foregoing suggestions unless you have a sincere desire to like, respect, and be helpful to others. Conversely, you cannot build genuine interest in people until you have experienced the pleasure of working with them in an atmosphere characterized by mutual liking and respect.
“If you see players who hate practice, their coach isn’t doing a very good job.”
“The absolute bottom line in coaching is organization and preparing for practice.”
“A resolute and resourceful leader understands that there are a multitude of means to increase the probability of success. And that’s what it all comes down to, namely, intelligently and relentlessly seeking solutions that will increase your chance of prevailing in a competitive environment. When you do that, the score will take care of itself.”
“I’ve observed that if individuals who prevail in a highly competitive environment have any one thing in common besides success, it is failure—and their ability to overcome it.”
“The ability to help the people around me self-actualize their goals underlines the single aspect of my abilities and the label that I value most—teacher.”
“Failure is part of success, an integral part. Everybody gets knocked down. Knowing it will happen and what you must do when it does is the first step back.”
“When you stand and overcome a significant setback, you’ll find an increasing inner confidence and self-assurance that has been created by conquering defeat. Absorbing and overcoming this kind of punishment engenders a sober, steely toughness that results in a hardened sense of independence and a personal belief that you can take on anything, survive and win.”
“Great players and great companies don’t suddenly start hunching up, grimacing, and trying to “hit the ball harder” at a critical point. Rather, they’re in a mode, a zone in which they’re performing and depending on their “game,” which they’ve mastered over many months and years of intelligently directed hard work. There’s only so much thinking you can isolate and focus on during that kind of extreme competitive pressure. It has to be tactical more than a conscious effort to really “try harder.” You just want to function very well, up to your potential, effortlessly—do what you already know how to do at the level of excellence you’ve acquired—whether in making a presentation or coaching a game or anything else.”
“Everybody’s got an opinion. Leaders are paid to make a decision. The difference between offering an opinion and making a decision is the difference between working for the leader and being the leader.”
“We all have in our mind inspiring examples of individuals who persevered beyond the point of reason and common sense and prevailed. We tend to ignore the more numerous examples of individuals who persisted and persisted and finally failed and took everybody down with them because they would not change course or quit. We ignore them because we never heard about them.”
“You must be the best version of yourself that you can be; stay within the framework of your own personality and be authentic. If you’re faking it, you’ll be found out.”
“The trademark of a well-led organization in sports or business is that it’s virtually self-sustaining and self-directed—almost autonomous. To put it in a more personal way, if your staff doesn’t seem fully mobilized and energized until you enter the room, if they require your presence to carry on at the level of effort and excellence you have tried to install, your leadership has not percolated down.”
“Strong leaders don’t plead with individuals to perform.”
“Make each person in your employ very aware that his or her well-being has a high priority with the organization and that the well-being of the organization must be his or her highest professional priority.”
“The highest-paid, most talented people that you can go out and hire will not perform to their potential unless they feel as if they are part of something special—a family that treats them right.”
“It was always my goal to create and maintain a working environment both on and off the field that had a sense of urgency and intensity but did not feel like we were in constant crisis mode.”
“In evaluating people, I prize ego. It often translates into a fierce desire to do their best and an inner confidence that stands them in good stead when things really get rough. Psychologists suggest that there is a strong link between ego and competitiveness. All the great performers I’ve ever coached had ego to spare.”
“Extra effort,” in whatever form it takes (mental, physical, emotional), cannot be sustained without eventual damage and diminishing returns. There has to be a very acute awareness on your part as to the level of exertion and the toll it’s taking on those you lead.”
“By instinct we—leaders—want to run hard all the time; by intellect we know this is not possible. Reconciling those two positions in the context of leadership is an ongoing challenge.”
“Concentrate on what will produce results rather than on the results, the process rather than the prize.”
“Clear thinking and overly charged emotions are usually antithetical.”
“People matter most—more than equipment, investors, inventions, momentum, or X’s and O’s. People are at the heart of achieving organizational greatness.”
“Afford each person the same respect, support, and fair treatment you would expect if your roles were reversed. Deal with people individually, not as objects who are part of a herd—that’s the critical factor.”
“If you care about how you’re perceived by others, including the public, it’s good to remember the following: Criticism—both deserved and undeserved—is part of the territory when you’re the one calling the shots. Ignore the undeserved; learn from the deserved; lick your wounds and move on.”
“Calculated risks are part of what you do, but the idea that something completely crazy will work just because it’s completely crazy is completely crazy.”
“One of the common traits of outstanding performers—coaches, athletes, managers, sales representatives, executives, and others who face a daily up/down, win/lose accounting system—is that a rejection, that is, defeat, is quickly forgotten, replaced eagerly by pursuit of a new order, client, or opponent.”
“Nothing is more effective than sincere, accurate praise, and nothing is more lame than a cookie-cutter compliment.”
“If you are worthy of emulation, you have left an unbelievable legacy. He was a great coach, a great friend, and I’m going to miss him terribly.” Former coach Dick Vermeil at Coach Bill Walsh Memorial Service
“I came to the San Francisco 49ers with a specific goal – to implement what I call the Standard of Performance. It was a way of doing things, a leadership philosophy, that has as much to do with core values, principles, and ideals as with blocking, tackling, and passing; more to do with the mental than with the physical.”
“The culture precedes positive results. It doesn’t get tacked on as an afterthought on your way to the victory stand. Champions behave like champions before they’re champions: they have a winning standard of performance before they are winners.”
“For me, the road had been rocky at times, triumphant too, but along the way I had never wavered in my dedication to installing – teaching – those actions and attitudes I believed would create a great team, a superior organization. I knew that if I achieved that, the score would take care of itself.”
“For me the starting point for everything – before strategy, tactics, theories, managing, organizing, philosophy, methodology, talent, or experience – is work ethic. Without one of significant magnitude you’re dead in the water, finished. I knew the example I set as head coach would be what others in the organization would recognize as the standard they needed to match (at least, most of them would recognize it). If there is such a thing as a trickle-down effect, that’s it. Your staff sees your devotion to work, their people see them, and on through the organization.”
“In building and maintaining your organization, place a premium on those who exhibit great desire to keep pushing themselves to higher and higher performance and production levels, who seek to go beyond the highest standards that you, the leader, set. The employee who gets to work early, stays late, fights through illness and personal problems is the one to keep your eye on for greater responsibilities.”
“All successful leaders know where we want to go, figure out a way we believe will get the organization there, and then move forward with absolute determination. We may falter from time to time, but ultimately we are unswerving in moving toward our goal; we will not quit. There is an inner compulsion – obsession – to get it done the way you want it done.”
“Victory is produced by and belongs to all. Winning a Super Bowl results from you whole team not only doing their individual jobs but perceiving that those jobs contributed to overall success. The trophy doesn’t belong just to a superstar quarterback or CEO, head coach or top salesperson. This is an essential lesson I taught the San Francisco organization: The offensive team is not a country unto itself, nor is the defensive team or the special teams, staff, coaches, or anyone in the organization separate from the fate of the organization. WE are united and fight as one; we win or lose as one.”
“What assets do we have right now that we’re not taking advantage of?”
E.g: Walsh took inventory of his Bengals’ struggling offense which was undersized (meaning running the ball was a big challenge) and not capable of passing for long yardage (quarterback Virgil Carter could not throw very far) (though he could throw decently for short yardage).
Walsh then took stock of what he had to work with in terms of field real estate and had an uh-huh realization that they had 53.5 yards of width on the field (about half the distance of the length of the field) and the availability of 5 potential receivers.
Thus the West Coast Offense was born: the idea of throwing more often, to more receivers, for short yardage.
2. Good Leaders Give a Healthy Mix of Positive Criticism (not just negative/constructive criticism).
“If you’re growing a garden, you need to pull out the weeds, but flowers will die if all you do is pick weeds. They need sunshine and water. People are the same.
They need criticism, but they also require positive substantive language and information and true support to truly blossom.”
3. Good Leaders Look For These Five Qualities In Their Hires
1. A fundamental knowledge of the area they’ve been hired to manage 2. A relatively high — but not manic — level of energy and enthusiasm and a personality that is upbeat, motivated and animated. 3. The ability to discern talent in potential employees. 4. An ability to communicate in a relaxed yet authoritative — but not authoritarian — manner. 5. Unconditional loyalty to both you and other staff members.
4. The Four Most Powerful Words In Leadership
“I believe in you” (or equivalent words of your own).
Walsh writes that even Joe Montana (who already had a bunch of confidence) benefited from his coach telling him he believed in him.
Providing confidence to your team is perhaps the most powerful lever you can pull to help them optimize their performance.
And Walsh adds: And nobody will ever come back to you later and say “thank you” for expecting too little of them.
1. Mark Helfrich, Oregon – On Sunday a Coaches Hot Seat member who had traveled to Eugene, Oregon for the Stanford – Oregon game was asked about the current state of the Ducks football program after nosing around a bit in Eugene and watching a very average Stanford team whip Oregon and his response was all Jed Clampett…
“Pitiful…Just Damn Pitiful!”
As any coach worth a Damn knows the one thing he or she cannot afford to lose is…
Their players belief and trust in the head coach
….and it seems to us that the Oregon players for whatever reason have lost their belief and trust in Mark Helfrich and that is a FATAL moment in an organization’s future chance for success.
A handful of Coaches Hot Seat members have been involved in situations in the US Navy where first the crew, then the officers, and then the local squadron commander lost belief and trust in a commanding officer of an US Navy warship which is a FATAL issue that must be corrected quickly and in most instances that IS corrected quickly with many times…
A Commanding Officer being relieved of command at sea or wherever the ship may be at the time including a change of command that three Coaches Hot Seat members were involved in on a US Navy warship in the Persian Gulf right in the middle of Desert Storm in 1991!
With Oregon now at 3 – 7 and Mark Helfrich sitting on a record of…
9 – 11
….in his last 20 games against teams from Power 5 Conferences it seems that the Mark Helfrich era at Oregon will end between now and December 1 especially since there are calls being made from airplanes…
…and it will be fascinating to see who Oregon hires to lead the Ducks program now after two straight…
Vanilla and Boring As Hell Coaches off-the-field and in press conferences
…who are both probably going to be fired in 2016 meaning Mark Helfrich and Chip Kelly who combined have won…
82 Football Games
…at Oregon over the 8 seasons and yet…
Does anyone have a Damn clue who Mark Helfrich and Chip Kelly are as coaches and men?
We sure the Hell don’t!
Here’s to hoping that Oregon Football this time hires a head coach that Oh Maybe…
Actually has a Damn Pulse!
2. Steve Addazio, Boston College – Boston College got whipped 45 – 7 on Friday night in a game that was as predictable in being a BIG loss for the Eagles as…
Nick Saban getting pissed-off this week with the fans and the media taking Chattanooga too lightly
…and now in FOUR seasons at Boston College Steve Addazio is sitting on records of…
Overall: 21 – 27
ACC: 9 – 22
….and has lost…
16 of his last 23 games coaching the Boston College football team!
If that doesn’t equal YOUR ASS IS FIRED then please….
What the Hell does?
3. David Beaty, Kansas – With the Kansas loss to Iowa State on Saturday head coach David Beaty’s records at KU now stand at…
Overall: 1 – 21
Big 12: 0 – 16
….and the last two head football coaches at Kansas..
David Beaty and Charlie Weis
…have combined records over the past FIVE seasons of…
Overall: 7 – 43
Big 12: 1 – 34
Send in the Freaking Clowns to Lawrence, Kansas…Just Send The Damn Clowns In Already!
4. Rich Rodriguez, Arizona – Nothing says your football program is headed into the toilet like coaching in your 63 rd game at a school on your home field and getting beat by a score of…
49 – 24
…in front of a stadium filled with about 10,000 people at most!
We don’t have a clue what is going on at Arizona with Rich Rodriguez but for Damn Sure…Something Is Going On and it Ain’t Damn Good!
What’s Going On RichRod?
5. Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech – With the loss to Oklahoma Sate on the road on Saturday by one point the Texas Tech Red Raiders record in 2016 fell to 4 – 6 with games left against…
At Iowa State Baylor
….and at least there is a chance that Tech can get to a bowl game in 2016 but really now…should Texas Tech be struggling to get to a bowl game in Kliff Kingsbury’s FOURTH season at the school?
Not really and that is why it’s important to put Kliff Kingsbury’s record at Texas Tech in a perspective relative to the other THREE head coaches that have coached at Tech since 1986 and those coaches are with their win/loss records…
Spike Dykes (1986 – 1999): 82 – 67 – 1 (.550)
Mike Leach (2000 – 2009): 84 – 43 (.661)
Tommy Tuberville (2010 – 2012): 20 – 17 (.541)
Kliff Kingsbury (2013 – 2016): 23 – 25 (.479)
Sorry…but there’s just No Damn Reason to not have a plus .500 record at Texas Tech and when one looks deeper at Kingsbury’s record at Tech one finds the following troubling record…
Record Against Power 5 Conference Schools with .500+ Records = 7 – 25
Geez….if you have a 7 – 25 record against Power 5 Conference Schools with .500+ records in FOUR years at Texas Tech you have to be on a Flaming Hot Seat….right?
6. Brian Kelly, Notre Dame – Notre Dame beat Army on Saturday by the score of…
44 – 6
…which is about the score ANY Notre Dame team should be an Army team that does not have even ONE player that would get a scholarship offer from the Irish and with that win Notre Dame is now….
4 – 6
…on the season with games left against….
Virginia Tech At USC
Please forgive us but in our opinion here at Coaches Hot Seat who has some members that have been watching Notre Dame football since the 1970s….Any Notre Dame head coach that isn’t able to post a .500 or better record in ANY season SHOULD BE FIRED but especially a Notre Dame coach in his…
….season in South Bend and we have some news for fans of Irish football….
There’s not a Chance in Hell that Notre Dame beats USC in Los Angeles on November 26!
Hell….if Virginia Tech actually shows-up ready to play unlike they did against Georgia Tech the Hokies might just beat the Irish in South Bend this coming Saturday!
So let’s say Notre Dame beats Virginia Tech and loses to USC to end the season at…
5 – 7
….that would mean that in 7 seasons in South Bend Brian Kelly has lost FOUR or more games in…
5 of his 7 seasons coaching the Irish
….and if losing FOUR or more games a season on a regular basis is Okey-Dokey with fans of Notre Dame football….who are we to argue with Complete Morons and Losers?
Oh…how many times did the below Notre Dame head coaches lose FOUR or more games in a season?
Knute Rockne: ONE in 13 seasons
Frank Leahy: ONE in 11 seasons
Ara Parseghian: ZERO in 11 seasons
Dan Devine: ONE in 6 seasons
Lou Holtz: THREE in 11 seasons
Brian Kelly: FIVE in 7 seasons
Fighting Irish under Brian Kelly?
Try Losing A Helluva Lot of Games Irish under Brian Kelly!
7. Tommy Tuberville, Cincinnati – After UCF beat Cincinnati on Saturday a Coaches Hot Seat members says…
“Guess the semi-retirement that Tubs is in right now at Cincinnati is about to come to an end…Hell, maybe Tubs can go back into the chicken restaurant business!”
Sorry…but in 2016 Cincinnati has FOUR wins over…
UT Martin Purdue Miami, Ohio East Carolina
….which means Cincinnati has beaten NO ONE in 2016 and the Bearcats still have to play games against…
Memphis At Tulsa
Got 4 – 8 for Tommy Tuberville in his FOURTH year at Cincinnati?
Yep Tubs….it looks like your Semi-Retirement is over Son and you will have to go back to work for a living probably as a TV color analyst for college football games which is not that bad of a job since Tubs would probably move to lake somewhere with a decent-sized airport nearby with Tubs fishing when he wasn’t flying to and from his latest TV color analyst gig!
Cheer up Tubs…your Semi-Retirement at Cincinnati is coming to an end and you will get paid good money to hardly do any Damn work at all!
8. Bret Bielema, Arkansas – Fans of Arkansas Football let the next win/loss record sink in for a minute or two….
Bret Bielema’s win/loss record in SEC Conference play: 9 – 21
Yes….that is correct…in FOUR seasons at the head coach at Arkansas Bret Bielema has won..
9 SEC Conference Games!
Relax Razorback fans….put down your musket….let’s not do something rash like drive up to Fayetteville and tell Bret Bielema that he better start winning some SEC Conference games or you might go Jed Clampett on his ass or something….after all…Arkansas still has 2 SEC Conference games to play against…
At Mississippi State At Missouri
…left on the schedule and the Razorbacks should win those 2 games…right?
Oh…if Arkansas should lose their last 2 games and finish at 6 – 6 on the season we have some news for Bret Bielema and his enabling AD Jeff Long who seems to love AVERAGE AS HELL…going into the 2017 college football season…
Bret Bielema will be sitting on the #1 Hot Seat in College Football!
Oh…just by comparison below are the win/loss records of the last few head coaches at Arkansas that Bielema should be compared to….
Bobby Petrino (2008 – 2011): 34 – 17 (.666) = .666 for Bobby makes sense!
Houston Nutt (1998 – 2007): 75 – 48 (.610)
Ken Hatfield (1984 – 1989): 55 – 17 – 1 (.760)
Lou Holtz (1977 – 1983): 60 – 21 – 2 (.735)
Frank Broyles (1958 – 1976) 144 – 58 – 5 (.708)
Bret Bielema (2013 – 2016): 24 – 24 (.500)
Yep…if you like AVERAGE AS HELL as fan of Arkansas Football you have should Happy As Hell right now!
9. Charlie Strong, Texas – Tell us where to send a reference letter for Charlie Strong and we will have it typed up and faxed-over in an hour because there is not a better man coaching college football today BUT the reality is Charlie’s win/loss records at Texas…
Overall: 16 – 19
Big 12: 12 – 13
….which are AVERAGE at best and really look bad when one considers that in Mack Brown’s last THREE years at Texas when folks like us here at Coaches Hot Seat were all over Mack’s ass Coach Brown posted records of…
2011: 8 – 4 2012: 9 – 4 2013: 8 – 5
So…in Mack Brown’s last THREE years at Texas he posted a winning percentage of…
…and in THREE years at Texas Charlie Strong has posted a winning percentage of…
Sorry…but this is TEXAS which has everything a coach could ask for and with only…
At Kansas TCU
..left on the schedule the question really is…
“Will one game…such as a win over TCU to end the season..make anyone at Texas feel better about 2017?”
If the answer to the above question is YES and Texas does beat Kansas and TCU to get to 7 wins then keep Charlie Strong around BUT if no one at Texas can see the Longhorns competing for a Big 12 Conference and National Title in 2017 which Texas SHOULD be competing for in a coach’s FOURTH season at the school then Charlie Strong must go.
10. Todd Graham, Arizona State – In case you weren’t keeping up that is now…
FOUR Straight Losses
…for Arizona State after their loss to Utah on Thursday and that leaves the Sun Devils record at….
5 – 5
…on the season in Todd Graham’s FIFTH year at the school which makes us wonder….
Just what in the Hell is Todd Graham doing at Arizona State anyway?
Oh…the Sun Devils still have to play…
At Washington At Arizona
….to finish the season so they should get one more win over the Total Disaster that is Arizona and get bowl eligible but is winning…
….what the fans of Arizona State football expected in Todd Graham’s FIFTH year coaching in Tempe?
Here’s a thought…maybe Todd Graham needs to hire a dozen or so Arizona State students to just focus on stealing signs of the opposing team in the next two games against Washington and Arizona and maybe that will turn things around for the Sun Devils!
“Football in its purest form remains a physical fight. As in any fight, if you don’t want to fight, it’s impossible to win.”
“Morale and attitude are the fundamental ingredients to success.”
“If a team is to reach its potential, each player must willingly subordinate his own personal goals to the good of the team.”
“We compete, not so much against an opponent, but against ourselves. The real test is this: Did I make my best effort on every play?”
“I feel more strongly about this than anything else in coaching: Anybody who lacks discipline, who doesn’t want to be part of the team, who doesn’t want to meet the requirements – has to go. It’s that simple.”
“The man who tried his best and failed is superior to the man who never tried.”
“Losing is easy. It’s not enjoyable, but it’s easy.”
“If you are going to be a champion, you must be willing to pay a greater price.”
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” John Fitzgerald Kennedy
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” Ronald Reagan
“Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference in the world, but the Marines don’t have that problem.” Ronald Reagan
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again. Who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause. Who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.” Theodore Roosevelt
“In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.” Mark Twain
“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” Joseph Campbell
“The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.” Jeff Miller
“We, too, born to freedom, and believing in freedom, are willing to fight to maintain freedom. We, and all others who believe as deeply as we do, would rather die on our feet than live on our knees.” Theodore Roosevelt
“Moral courage is the most valuable and usually the most absent characteristic in men.” George S. Patton.
“The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave …” Patrick Henry
“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” Abraham Lincoln, The Gettysburg Address
“All of my life I have always had the urge to do things better than anybody else.”
“Good golf is easier to play—and far more pleasant—than bad golf.”
“Golf is a game of coordination, rhythm and grace; women have these to a high degree.”
“The biggest weakness with my game is that I have fun with the galleries. I just love a gallery.”
“As your golf improves, your concentration will improve with it.”
“Don’t worry. Just leave everything in the hands of God.”
“I expect to play golf until I am 90–even longer if anybody figures out a way to swing a club from a rocking chair.”
“Some of us are fortunate enough to play championship golf, but this isn’t essential in the enjoyment of the game.”
“There are times when a golfer is tempted to throw her clubs away and forget the whole ‘humblin’ business.’ At other times, she wouldn’t trade places with a queen–that’s when the shots are long and true, and putts are dropping.”
“I played many sports, but when that golf bug hit me, it was permanent.”
“When I start my swing, my paramount thought is to not quit hitting the ball.”
“I was determined to play the game well or not at all.”
“Study the rules so that you won’t beat yourself by not knowing something.”
“You can’t win them all — but you can try.”
“Luck? Sure. But only after long practice and only with the ability to think under pressure.”
“Practice should be approached as just about the most pleasant recreation ever devised, besides being a necessary part of golf.”
“That little ball won’t move until you hit it, and there’s nothing you can do for it after it has gone.”
“If you win through bad sportsmanship, that’s no real victory.”
“The more you practice, the better. But in any case, practice more than you play.”
“There are no shortcuts to good golf. The better players realize this.”
“The mediocre golfer generally is one who is too lazy to play better.”
“It’s not just enough to swing at the ball. You’ve got to loosen your girdle and really let the ball have it.” (Babe Didrikson Zaharias’s reply when asked how she hits 250 yard drives.)
“Before I was ever in my teens, I knew exactly what I wanted to be when I grew up. My goal was to be the greatest athlete that ever lived.”
“The formula for success is simple: practice and concentration then more practice and more concentration.”
“I don’t seem able to do my best unless I’m behind or in trouble.”
Remarks of Benjamin Franklin after the signing of the US Constitution on September 17, 1787 in the words of James Madison:
“Whilst the last members were signing it Doctor Franklin looking towards the Presidents Chair, at the back of which a rising sun happened to be painted, observed to a few members near him, that Painters had found it difficult to distinguish in their art a rising from a setting sun. I have, said he, often and often in the course of the Session, and the vicissitudes of my hopes and fears as to its issue, looked at that behind the President without being able to tell whether it was rising or setting: But now at length I have the happiness to know that it is a rising and not a setting Sun.”
“All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.”
“Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.”
“Do not squander time for that is the stuff life is made of.”
“Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What’s a sundial in the shade?”
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
“The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.”
“A great empire, like a great cake, is most easily diminished at the edges.”
“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.”
“Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.”
“Energy and persistence conquer all things.”
“How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them.”
“It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is the miserable man.”
“We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.”
“When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.”
“Where liberty is, there is my country.”
“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.”
“I believe there is one Supreme most perfect being. … I believe He is pleased and delights in the happiness of those He has created; and since without virtue man can have no happiness in this world, I firmly believe He delights to see me virtuous.”
“I think opinions should be judged of by their influences and effects, and if a man holds none that tend to make him less virtuous or more vicious, it may be concluded that he holds none that are dangerous; which I hope is the case with me.”
“Love your Enemies, for they tell you your Faults.”
“I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.”
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
“Let me add, that only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”
“Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”
“These Names of Virtues with their Precepts were 1. TEMPERANCE. Eat not to Dulness. Drink not to Elevation. 2. SILENCE. Speak not but what may benefit others or your self. Avoid trifling Conversation. 3. ORDER. Let all your Things have their Places. Let each part of your Business have its Time. 4. RESOLUTION. Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve. 5. FRUGALITY. Make no Expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e. Waste nothing. 6. INDUSTRY. Lose no Time. Be always employ’d in something useful. Cut off all unnecessary actions. 7. SINCERITY. Use no hurtful Deceit. Think innocently and justly; and, if you speak, speak accordingly. 8. JUSTICE. Wrong none, by doing Injuries or omitting the Benefits that are your Duty. 9. MODERATION. Avoid Extremes. Forbear resenting Injuries so much as you think they deserve. 10. CLEANLINESS. Tolerate no Uncleanliness in Body, Clothes, or Habitation. 11. TRANQUILLITY. Be not disturbed at Trifles, or at Accidents common or unavoidable. 12. CHASTITY. Rarely use Venery but for Health or Offspring; Never to Dulness, Weakness, or the Injury of your own or another’s Peace or Reputation. 13. HUMILITY. Imitate Jesus and Socrates.”