Since it’s the middle of the week, I figured it would be a great time for some of Yogi Berra’s best quotes from his book “What Time Is It? You Mean Now?” to get us over the “hump”:
“If you don’t set goals, you’ll never reach them.” (p. 40)
“90% of this game is half mental.” (p. 45)
“Little things are big.” (p. 69)
“Paying attention to the basics – in baseball, it’s the fundamentals – is a little thing that’s a big thing.” (p. 70)
“You can observe a lot by watching – and you learn a lot too.” (p. 73)
“To me failure is just an opportunity to start again.” (p. 92)
“There’s a big difference between losing and failure.” (p. 117)
“I try not to get too upset over things I can’t control.” (p. 130)
“It’s deja vu all over again.” (p. 137)
Here are a few quotes on integrity/right and wrong that I have kept over the years:
“Wrong does not cease to be wrong because the majority share in it.” ― Leo Tolstoy
“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.” – Theodore Roosevelt
“Right is right even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it.” – Augustine of Hippo
“When everyone is against you, it means that you are absolutely wrong–or absolutely right.” – Albert Guinon
It has been said that “laughter is the best medicine.”
Therefore, here are a few of some (G-rated) thoughts from one of the greatest comedians ever, George Carlin.
- Just when I discovered the meaning of life, they changed it.
- As soon as someone is identified as an unsung hero, he no longer is.
- I put a dollar in a change machine. Nothing changed.
- Isn’t it a bit unnerving that doctors call what they do “practice”?
- Here’s a bumper sticker I’d like to see: “We are the proud parents of a child who’s self-esteem is sufficient that he doesn’t need us promoting his minor scholastic achievements on the back of our car.”
- George Washington’s brother, Lawrence, was the Uncle of Our Country.
- Cloud nine gets all the publicity, but cloud eight actually is cheaper, less crowded, and has a better view.
- “Meow” means “woof” in cat.
- “No comment” is a comment.
- I think I am, therefore, I am. I think.
- I don’t have a fear of heights. I do, however, have a fear of falling from heights.
- What was the best thing before sliced bread?
- It isn’t fair: the caterpillar does all the work, and the butterfly gets all the glory.
- Just because you got the monkey off your back doesn’t mean the circus has left town.
- Always do whatever’s next.
- As a group or an individual you have the right to be called whatever you want. Your name can be spelled S-M-I-T-H and pronounced ‘jenovsky’. What’s your name? Jenovsky. How’s that spelled? S-m-i-t-h. What?! They’re all silent, nevermind…
- Is there another word for synonym?
- If a parsley farmer is sued, can they garnish his wages?
- How do they get the deer to cross at that yellow road sign?
- Before they invented drawing boards, what did they go back to?
- If the #2 pencil is the most popular, why is it still #2?
And maybe my all-time favorite Carlinism…
Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.
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If you have ever seen the ABC hit TV show “Shark Tank” you know the premise is that entrepreneurs pitch their business/product/service to the “Sharks” in order to secure an investment for their company.
This got me thinking that the “Sharks” would be great coaches based upon their business advice and leadership expertise.
Here are some of the Shark’s quotes and my interpretations of them. You may need to replace some words like “greed” or “money” for words like “losing”, “the game”, “wins”, etc. but you get the point.
(1). “Don’t let the dark clouds of greed confuse you” — Kevin O’Leary
— To me this quote refers to staying the course even when times are tough. Certain games or possibly even entire seasons may be lost due to unforeseen factors. Head coaches must believe in their vision and philosophy even during difficult stretches.
(2). “Don’t you dare underestimate the power of your own instinct.” – Barbara Corcoran
— Prepare, seek advice, work hard, but go with your gut. Trust yourself.
(3). “If you’re emotional and you’re great at something, the money will follow.” – Robert Herjavec
— Anyone who watches the show knows of Mr. Herjavec’s humble beginnings. His story is one of rags to riches. To me this quote means that if you have the love and motivation for something and continue to improve, it will pay dividends in the long run. Focus on the present and the future will be bright.
(4). “Never insult money.” — Kevin O’Leary
— Kevin O’Leary is notorious for being concerned with just one thing…the bottom line. Although coaches need to be aware of their win-loss record, I believe that the real “money” is overall player development (i.e, athletic ability and personal growth). Coaches need to stick to their value system and believe that they are making a positive impact at all times.
(5). “Don’t cry about money (the game), it never cries for you.” — Kevin O’Leary
— Don’t feel bad for yourself. Someone somewhere has it worse. Make your own luck!
(6). “Don’t ever be enamored by what something sells for. It’s more important what you get to keep in your pocket.” – Robert Herjavec
— Short term gains do not out weight long term benefits. Do not sell your program or self out for a few wins right now when there is much more to gain down the road.
(7). “Life is hard, money (the game) doesn’t care, your tears don’t add value” — Kevin O’Leary
— No whining. No complaining.
(8). “Convince me why this isn’t the worst idea I’ve ever seen.” – Robert Herjavec
— This one was a little challenging…What came to mind was when you are coaching your team be ready to answer tough questions and be ready to defend your philosophy and program. Have a reason(s) for what you are doing.
(9). “Do you want to be rich or not? Let’s get focused on that, buddy” – Kevin O’Leary
— Focus on the process of winning. Make the necessary sacrifices and pay attention to the details. Coaching is a 24/7 enterprise.
(10). “What I loved most about this girl…she reminded me of myself…there’s no way that girl’s not gonna make it.” – Barbara Corcoran
— This one is pretty self-explanatory. Leaders can see other who have those types of qualities. When you are on a job interview make sure those who are the decision makers can see how you relate to them.
(11). “How frustrating you are. You’ve got a real business, but you’re a pig.” –Kevin O’Leary
— This quote refers to doing things the right way and not being greedy, that is, do not allow the immediate success to have a negative impact on how you perceive yourself or how others perceive you. Keep things in perspective. Be humble.
(12). “Here’s how I think of my money – as soldiers – I send them out to war everyday. I want them to take prisoners and come home, so there’s more of them.” – Kevin O’Leary
— Mr. O’Leary being Mr. O’Leary…Allocate your resources wisely. If you do, you will gain more support and have more resources to allocate in the future. Build an infrastructure in your program that will be able to grow and thrive. You never know who can help your program grow.