School just ended, so I took T out for our traditional, celebratory breakfast this morning — second year in a row we’ve done this. (Cari and Sean started this tradition many years ago.)
While we were driving to IHOP, I mentioned to her that this was a “celebratory” breakfast in honor of another great school year. She wasn’t sure what “celebratory” meant and asked me what it means. I told her, and she understood, then she came back with this:
“It sounds like a word for a labratory where they study celery.”
Indeed, it does.
You must never stand still. You’re either moving upward a little bit or you’re going the other way. You can’t expect to go upward too quickly, but you can sure go down very quickly.
This reminds me of one of my dad’s favorite sayings: “You have to learn something new every day. It’s a wasted day if you didn’t learn anything new.” I think both quotes are saying the same thing in different ways.
Ability can get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there. A big part of character is the self-discipline needed to avoid complacency, resist temptation, and understand that past success doesn’t guarantee future success.
There’s enough in that quote for, like, three different blog posts. But I’ll keep it all together in this one. You’re welcome.
Adversity often produces the unexpected opportunity. Look for it. Appreciate it and utilize it. This is difficult to do if you’re feeling sorry for yourself because you’re faced with the adversity.
Winners makes the most mistakes. The doer makes mistakes. Coach Lambert taught me that mistakes come from doing, but so does success.
The individual who is mistake-free is also probably sitting around doing nothing. And that’s a very big mistake.
The “coach Lambert” mentioned in this quote is Piggy Lambert, who coached at Purdue when John Wooden was a player there.