• A Four Letter Word…..D U K E

    Posted: April 3rd, 2011

    I met the man of my dreams nearly 20 years ago, but didn’t know it at the time.It would take several years before we both realized our true potential as human beings was better together than apart. However, we were 4000 miles apart. I lived in upstate New York, and he was in Anchorage Alaska. We were a bicoastal couple.

    I waited to hear that four letter word very patiently…but it seemed the only one I heard for several months of the year was DUKE. I was going with a Duke Basketball groupie. He still recalls seeing Duke play at the Great Alaskan shootout. It is the only time he would see them play in person. The schedule posted in his office at work and at home. My smartphone had the schedule in it because he said I was quicker at looking it up. If it’s Duke Basketball game day, we are glued to a screen wherever we are. Every season he chose his favorite player to watch, one year JJ Reddick, this year the Plumbly Brothers, and he is so excited there is a third one coming and he’s taller than the other two…oh my!

    I grew attached to several players myself, Nolan, Kyle and Ryan. Did you hear us guys when you made those crucial 3 pointers? We were Cameron Crazies without ever being able to go in person.

    You made us proud once again, going to the Sweet 16. You can’t win every year, but you can have the best time trying.

    Coach K, thank you. You have brightened the days of my guy. More than that we model your coaching techniques and implement them in our Pharmacy business. You are an inspiration to your team and to all who are fortunate to have learned that four letter word, DUKE! I guess, I have become a groupie too.


You have to adapt what you do based on who you are. In teaching, you must remember that no group or individual is the same as who you taught the day before, the year before, or the decade before. Your plan has to suit who you and your team are right now.

- Coach K

Take care not to allow one aspect of your life to so consume you that you neglect the others. Balance can put things in perspective, can bring you joy even when you are down, and can allow you to be at your best in all aspects of your life.

- Coach K

You can possess countless good qualities as an individual, but if you don”t have the courage to proceed, you may never see those qualities come into fruition. It takes courage to put what you believe to be best of you on the line, to test it, and to see how far it takes you. Courage means daring to do what you imagine.

- Coach K

When you are winning, your commitment is never challenged. But loyalty and dedication during difficult times can be tough. When commitment doesn’t waver, that’s when you have the greatest chance of winning. You can never give up.

- Coach K

No matter how successful you believe yourself to be, you can never feel as if you’ve reached the absolute pinnacle. There are always new and wonderful challenges out there, and part of maintaining success is knowing when you need to accept them.

- Coach K

Effective teamwork begins and ends with communication. Communication does not always occur naturally, and must be taught and practiced in order to bring everyone together as one. The most crucial element of communicating is telling the truth.

- Coach K
Collective Responsibility

We win and we lose together. Handling the responsibility for wins and losses together removes the burden from one individual’s shoulders and distributes it among each member of the team. That atmosphere is conducive to high-level performance and places you and your team in the position to be bold and unafraid, and if you should lose, you are not alone.

- Coach K

When you care about someone or something, you show genuine concern for that person or thing, in good times or bad. When you care about one another and about your purpose, you are compelled to put your feelings into action. Care creates an atmosphere that breeds success and gives you the confidence to try again.

- Coach K

Belief can mean the difference between a fear of failure and the courage to try. On a team or in a family, belief makes each individual stronger and also fortifies the group as a whole. The basis of belief is in individual relationships.

- Coach K

Adversity can teach you more about yourself than any success, and overcoming an obstacle can sometimes feel even better than achieving an easy victory. Through adversity, you can discover things about your endurance, your ability to turn a negative into a positive, and your personal strength of heart.

- Coach K
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