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“Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.” John Wooden – most winning NCAA college basketball coach – UCLA


Every day is a new day to reflect and consider the things in your life that allow you to be grateful.  We are very fortunate to be able to live in such a great country and have the resources to live a very nice lifestyle.  Add into that equation the people in your world that contribute to the feeling of gratefulness:  your parents, teammates, teachers friends and coaches.  It really doesn’t take long to sit back and recognize all the blessings that surround your life.

How do you integrate gratefulness into the sports world?  Just like the quote from the great John Wooden states:  know exactly from where our talent is from, and know what we can truly control.  The warning that Coach Wooden is providing is to always remember where you began, and never take for granted your gift.   In other words, don’t get too caught up in what others think, and don’t get too caught up in yourself!  Being humble is a form of good sportsmanship. Remember that fame and fortune found along the way should be mindfully managed. Reflect on the good things in your life and be forever grateful…

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