Friday, March 30, 2012
“If tomorrow wasn’t promised, what would you give for today?”
Being X's and O's professionals, most of us do not need an inspirational speech to be focused.
However, here is a great pep speech from Baltimore Ravens linebacker extraordinaire Ray Lewis. He was invited to speak by the Stanford coaching staff before the Stanford Cardinal - U. Mass Huskies game in the NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden.
“If tomorrow wasn’t promised, what would you give for today?” he asked the players. “Forget everything else … We get one opportunity at life, one chance at life to do whatever you’re going to do. So lay your foundation. Make whatever mark you’re going to make. Whatever legacy you’re going to leave, leave your legacy.”
After the speech, the Cardinal team left the locker room with a focus. ... They jumped to a big early lead, then held off UMass for a 74-64 win as Ray Lewis observed the game from behind their bench.
An Oblique View From the Compass Desk
In an extreme competitive situation, a man without hope is a man without fear. Only fools and amateurs would tell you that there is always a tomorrow.
Time moves forward and it waits for no one. The opportunity is usually now.
How do you assess your competitive situation? Is your opportunity now or later?