Here are some inspirational thoughts that I have used with our teams from time to time.

WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM A MULE

In 1885 the world champion mule team competition was held in Chicago. The winning team managed to pull a load of 9,000 pounds. The second place team pulled slightly less. After the competition, someone came up with the question-What if both teams were put together in a collective effort, how much could they pull? To everyone’s amazement, the two teams together pulled 30,000 pounds!! There is something that is created when individuals work together as a team that is greater than the sum of the individual parts.

EVERYBODY, SOMEBODY, ANYBODY, AND NOBODY

Whose Job is It? This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was asked to do it. Everybody was sure Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.

“I will persist ’til I succeed”

by Og Mandino

I will not allow yesterday’s success to lull me into today’s complacency,
for this is the great foundation of failure.

I will forget the happenings of the day that is gone, Whether they were good or bad,
And greet the new sun with confidence that this will be the best day of my life.

So long as there is breath in me, that long will I persist.
For now I know one of the greatest principles of success;
If I persist long enough I will win.

I will persist.
I will win.”

You Can Love Me

You can love me,
But only I can make me happy
You can teach me
But only I can do the learning
You can lead me
But only I can walk the path
You can promote me
But I have to succeed
You can coach me
But I have to win the game
You can even pity me
But I have to bear the sorrow
For the Gift of love
Is not a food that feeds me
It is the sunshine
That nourished that which I must finally harvest for myself
So if you love me
Don’t just sing me your song
Teach me to sing
For when I am alone
I will need the melody.

Dan Baker

An IDEAL Player has:

I = Intelligence
D = Dedication
E= Enthusiasm
A= Ability
L = Loyalty

There are many people
that we meet in our lives
but only a few
will make a lasting impression
on our minds and hearts
It is these people that we will
think of often
and who will always remain
important to us
as true friends

Susan Polis Schutz

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