• My West Point Story

    Posted: March 20th, 2011

    Dear Coach K. My husband and I recently visited the New England States. While we were there, we went to the Game between West Point and Temple. It was a perfectly beautiful day and West Point is absolutely beautiful. Before we left, we went into the visitors center. Walking around the building, we came across the picture of you. Of course, I went nuts. I stood beside your picture and my husband took a picture of me pointing to you.

    We live on Umstead Rd. right below where you use to live, so I show all my friends your former house with such pride. I was born at Duke in 1942 and worked at Duke in the early 60’s. Now my husband and I volunteer in the Ronald McDonald House Family Room on the 5th floor of Duke North. I use to go the all the Basketball games with a friend who is an Iron Duke, but she can no longer attend. I would be honored if you would autograph my picture. It would be a treasure I would always keep. Thank you for all you do for children the children at Duke. If this is possible, let me know what would be the best way to get my picture of you to you. Thank you so very much.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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