If you think about the people that have most greatly affected your life, there is a common thread that runs through them all. Coaches, teachers, family and friends are what have molded me into the person I am today; for that I am eternally grateful. They all have left their mark.
If you were to ask me to name every teacher I have had since kindergarten, I could. If you were to ask me to name every coach I have had since age 4, I could. If you were to ask me to name every close friend I have had since childhood, I could. Furthermore, I could go into great detail of specific stories that changed my life and have stuck with me through the years, no matter how significant or insignificant they may seem, they remain with me.
For that reason, I believe, I have been called to that kind of work. I know the impact one can make upon a life through coaching/teaching, it doesn't seem like work at all. Falls along the lines of paying it forward, passing on what you have learned to the next generation. Teaching them of your mistakes, and how not to make the same. Believing in them, when no one else will. Meeting them at their level, not placing yourself on an inferior pedestal. Being a positive role model, a listening ear, a fire starter, and advocate assuring the brightness of their future!
Those that have the innate ability to affect another, be thankful. An unknowing grace to connect with another, embrace the gift. A positive radiance that lights all paths crossed, shine to the world. You are indeed extraordinary!
*I went into my freshmen year of college, thinking I knew so much, yet after 4 short years, I realized I knew nothing. What made him a remarkable coach, is he knew how to guide you to discover things on your own. You would go into his office with questions, hoping for him to give answers, but you would walk out with a head full of questions he had posed to you. Frustrating at times, but guided players to make self discoveries, and prepare them for the future, in the game and in the game of life. After our first weekend of games my freshmen year, I went into his office Monday morning with a sheet of pros/cons on my performance over the weekend, and what I was going to fix. The type A, OCD, goalkeeper that I am, I was slightly freaking out about my performance. He simply told me to put the paper in the trash, and that if he had anything to address, he would call me in, otherwise, just keep doing what I am doing. Give it your all everyday, and try to become a better player each time you step on the field, that is all you can control.*
"Leadership, like coaching, is fighting for the hearts and souls of men and getting them to believe in you."
“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”
"Don't measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability."
"Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful."
"You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you."
"Coaching is a profession of love. You can't coach people unless you love them."
A friend passed the below story on to me, and now I am sharing it with you:
John Wooden, arguably the best basketball coach of all time. When he graduated from elementary school, his dad gave him a $2 bill and a card with “Seven Things to Do”: This card, which Wooden carried with him the rest of his life, read:
Be true to yourself.
Make each day your masterpiece.
Drink deeply from good books.
Make friendship a fine art.
Build a shelter against a rainy day.
Pray for guidance, and count and give thanks for your blessings every day.