• Inspiration

    Posted: March 25th, 2011


    I have lived in Texas my whole life. I went to a sales training in Chapel Hill in summer of ’85 and discovered Duke Basketball! I was 19 years old and having never seen a game in person just started to follow Duke basketball. Somewhere along the line I became a huge fan. I have always been so impressed with how Coach K handles himself. I watched Laetner’s shot vs Kentucky from a bar on the River Walk in San Antonio. I met a guy in Lubbock Texas who had just moved from Durham and we became best friends with the connecting love we have for Duke. I have been blessed to be able to go to Cameron twice for a game and last year took my 2 oldest boys to Houston to watch Duke win the regional! I was heart broken last night when we lost. Back in 98 when the Final Four was in San Antonio I bought my ticket and then we lost in the game before the Final Four. I went to the arena and spotted Coach K from my seat on the 3rd deck. I went down right before half and went down to his row. As he stood up I asked him to sign my Duke hat. He graciously did it! It was worth the money I paid to get to see him. I think he is amazing and just wanted to drop him this note that we are proud of him and he has a family in College Station that loves him and the Blue Devils!!!

Courage

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
Challenges

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
Commitment

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
Belief

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
Communication

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
Adversity

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
Care

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
Balance

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
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
Adaptability

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
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