The NBA began to postpone games on March 11. NCAA tournament and March Madness was canceled on March 12. Today is May 19th and this week will be 10 weeks of the world stopping, adjusting, hurting, helping, reflecting, and changing before our eyes.
Be persistent to stay encouraged during this time. This routine isn’t what anyone wants, but we must remain patient and positive through this. Keep perspective about what you are grateful for and what is most important. Find things to work on to better yourself and better those around you. This will help keep us productive, and help us return to something better when it is safe for everyone to do so!
“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not: unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” -Calvin Coolidge
Here are a few book recommendations for the time you may be committing to reading (a choice that will make your life better!). I outline a short reason why this is one of my top book recommendations. Links jump to Amazon where you can check out more info or buy a hard copy or Kindle version for yourself or as a gift!
The Slight Edge (Jeff Olson) - Game changing book about all the little decisions we make in life, which add up to our lives.
Shoe Dog (Phil Knight) - Fun read about the early days and eventual success of Nike, about perseverance, ingenuity, entrepreneurial spirit.
Mindset (Carol Dweck) - For every parent, educator, and coach to better understand how to shape young people for success (and a little help to better understand our own understanding of feedback and failure).
Toughness (Jay Bilas) - Examples of toughness learned through watching and playing with great players and coaches from Duke grad Jay Bilas.
The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay) - A novel about a boy in South Africa who learns life through boxing.
Chop Wood Carry Water (Joshua Medcalf) - Fable about becoming a better you told through a young man learning from his sensei to become a samurai warrior.
Success for Teens (John Fleming) - The teenage version of The Slight Edge mentioned above. Resource for building dreams and shaping your mindset.
Wooden (John Wooden/Steve Jamison) - Short read, short wisdoms from the GOAT.
“Experience is the only thing that brings knowledge, and the longer you are on earth the more experience you are sure to get.” Qualities sought after by the characters Dorothy meets in the Wizard of Oz provide a framework for us to consider what makes up a well-rounded individual. Scarecrow seeks a brain, he wants greater wisdom and intelligence to help him down his journey. Tin Man wants a heart, he wishes to connect with and care for others but feels he cannot without a heart. Lion has no courage and seeks a gift from Oz to help face his fears.
Throughout the movie, each of these characters exhibit the trait they feel they are lacking. Although they think they don’t have it, their actions prove they are actually just not confident in having it. Scarecrow learns new things, Tin Man is sensitive and emotional, and Lion travels their journey facing scary moments and prevailing.
We have the characteristics we want inside of us. But we must practice these characteristics, train them like muscles. It’s excuse making to say “I’m not smart” or “I don’t have enough empathy for others.” Instead we should get busy practicing these qualities we seek to have as strengths. We all have the capacity to be wise, empathetic, courageous, and whatever else you choose to be. Just work at it!
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