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Issue 638 - Find The Advantage In The Disadvantage

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Wooden's Wisdom - Volume 13 Issue 638
Craig Impelman Speaking |  Championship Coaches |  Champion's Leadership Library Login


When you are faced with adversity, don’t just settle for getting through it. Take the attitude that: "A problem is an opportunity waiting to happen." There are three steps:
1. Keep a positive attitude. Coach Wooden would remind you that:
"A setback is a setup for a comeback."
"Bad times can make you bitter or better."
"Things turn out best for those who make the best of the way things turn out."
"People are usually as happy as they make up their mind to be."
2. Get in the solutions department. Move forward! Coach Wooden would remind you that:
"The more concerned we become over the things we can’t control, the less we will do with the things we can control."
"Dwelling in the past prevents doing something in the present."
"Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today."
"Never make excuses. Your friends don’t need them, and your foes won’t believe them."
3. Find the advantage in the disadvantage. Find out how to come out of the situation better than you went in. Coach Wooden would remind you that:
"Valid self-analysis means improvement."
"Nothing will work unless you do."
"All change may not be progress, but all progress is the result of change."
"It is what you learn after you know it all that counts."
"Don’t permit fear of failure to prevent effort."

Yours in Coaching,
Craig Impelman




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Application Exercise



Only A Building

You may delve down to rock for your foundation piers,
You may go with your steel to the sky;
You may purchase the best of the thought of the year,
And the finest of workmanship buy;
You may line with the rarest of marble each wall,
And with gold you may tint it, but then
It is only a building, if it, after all,
Isn't filled with the spirit of women and men.

You may put up a structure of brick and of stone,
Such as never was put up before;
Place therein the costliest woods that are grown,
And carve every pillar and door;
You may fill it with splendors of quarry and mine,
With the glories of brush and of pen,
But it's only a building, though ever so fine,
If it hasn't the spirit of women and men.

You may build such a structure that lightning can't harm,
Or one that an earthquake can't raze;
You may build it of granite and boast that its charm
Shall last to the end of all days.
But you might as well never have builded at all.
Never cleared off the bog and the fen,
If after it's finished its sheltering wall
Doesn't stand for the spirit of women and men.

For it isn't the marble, nor is it the stone,
Nor is it the columns of steel,
By which is the worth of an edifice known,
But by something that's living and real.

Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)






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