Quote of the Day

Posted: March 1, 2013 in Ethics, Quote of the Day
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In my morning reading I came across this.  The author is unknown, but I’ve adapted it for my athletes from Petersen’s book “For Men Only,” pg 132.

[The Teammate]

A [Teammate] respects those who are superior to him and tries to learn something from them; a [Pretender] resents those who are superior and rationalizes their achievements.

A [Teammate] explains; a [Pretender] explains away.

A [Teammate] says, “Let’s find a way”; a [Pretender] says, “There is no way.”

A [Teammate] goes through a problem; a [Pretender] tries to go around it.

A [Teammate] says, “There should be a better way to do it”; a [Pretender] says, “That’s the way it’s always been done here.”

A [Teammate] shows he’s sorry by making up for it; a [Pretender] says, “I’m sorry,” but does the same thing next time.

A [Teammate] knows what to fight for and what to compromise on; a [Pretender] compromises on what he shouldn’t, and fights for what isn’t worth fighting about.

A [Teammate] works harder than a [pretender], and has more time; a [Pretender] is always “too busy” to do what is necessary.

A [Teammate] is not afraid of losing and will take measured risk to win; a [Pretender] is secretly afraid of losing and will stay away from any risk.

A [Teammate] makes commitments; a [Pretender] makes promises.

  1. Mary Tosaya says:

    Very insightful! The contrast shows the impact of the side we choose to be on.

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