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CHARACTER, KINDNESS AND THOUGHTFULNESS - (BUD WILKINSON)
As the Head Football Coach at the University of Oklahoma from 1947 to 1963, Bud Wilkinson's teams won three national championships. Between 1953 and 1957 they won 47 consecutive games, which stands as the longest winning streak in the history of college football. Nearly 90% of his players graduated. After retiring, he served as a key figure in the administrations of five presidents.
In the book Dear Jay, Love Dad: Bud Wilkinson's Letters to His Son written by his son Jay Wilkinson, Bud Wilkinson gives his Son great advice. Here are some excerpts:
Bud Wilkinson on dealing with adversity:
"Take things as they come—in stride—make what seems to be the sensible, wise decision when the time for decision is at hand. To fret and fuss over what decision you might make before you actually are in position to make a choice is truly a foolish waste of time.
Only by facing the future and accepting new and progressively more difficult challenges are we able to grow, develop, and avoid stagnation."
Bud Wilkinson, on how to attain peak performance and approach competition:
"You need to prepare yourself mentally and physically for everything that you do. When the task is over—a game, an examination, a speech, an interview, a business presentation, anything—you must analyze your performance and make notes of what you could have done better. Resolve to do those things better—through attention to detail and practice—and then go on to the next of life's tests and problems.
Never be discouraged if you don't do too well—or over elated when you make a good play. 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?"
Bud Wilkinson on what is important in life:
"Only by defining your goals—planning how to achieve them—and preparing properly, is it possible to cause things to happen your way—instead of reacting to events stimulated by others. You must do what seems right to you. Don't ever be swayed by what "other people will think." "Dare to be a Daniel; Dare to stand alone." It is the best advice one can have for happy, successful living.
Character, kindness and thoughtfulness toward other people, and an unselfish attitude of service to others are the qualities which make a person."
Bud Wilkinson on how to evaluate if you have the right job:
How would you answer these questions about your job?
Yours in Coaching,
GO THOU thy way, and I go mine,
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