Don't Give Up.
Don't EVER Give up!!!
- - Jim Valvano, 
former North Carlina State Head Coach
1993 ESPY Awards

Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you. That's the lowest I've ever seen Dick Vitale since the owner of the Detroit Pistons called him in and told him he should go into broadcasting.
I can't tell you what an honor it is, to even be mentioned in 
the same breath with Arthur Ashe. This is something I certainly will treasure forever. But, as it was said on the tape, and I also don't have one of those things going with the cue cards, so I'm going to speak longer than anybody else has spoken tonight. That's the way it goes. Time is very precious to me. I don't know how much I have left and I have some things that I would like to say. Hopefully, at the end, I will have something that will be important to other people too.

But, I can't help it. Now I'm fighting cancer, everybody 
knows that. People ask me all the time about how you go through your life and how's your day, and nothing is changed for me. As Dick said, I'm a very emotional and passionate man. I can't help it. That's being the son of Rocco and Angelina Valvano. It comes with the territory. We hug, we kiss, we love. When people say to me how do you get through life or each day, it's the same thing. To me, there are three things we all should do every day. We should do this every day of our lives. 
Number one is laugh. You should laugh every 
Number two is think. You should spend some time in thought. 
Number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears, could be happiness or joy. 
But think about it. If you laugh, you think and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special.

I rode on the plane up today with Mike Krzyzewski, my good 
friend and a wonderful coach. People don't realize he's ten times a better person that he is a coach, and we know he's a great coach. He's meant a lot to me in these last five or six months with my battle. But when I look at Mike, I think, we competed against each other as players. I coached against him for fifteen years, and I have always have to think about what's important in life to me are these three things. Where you started, where you are and where you're going to be. 
Those are the three things that I try to do every day. When I think about getting up and give a speech, I can't help it. I have to remember the first speech I ever gave.

I was coaching at Rutgers University, that was my first job, 
oh that's wonderful (reaction to applause), and I was the freshman coach. That's when freshmen played on freshman teams, and I was so fired up about my first job. I see Lou Holtz here. Coach Holtz, whatwas it like the very first job you had? The very first time you stood in the locker room to give a pep talk. That's a special place, the locker room, for a coach to give a talk. So my idol as a coach was Vince Lombardi, and I read this book COMMITMENT TO EXCELLENCE by Vince Lombardi. And in the book, Lombardi talked about the first time he spoke before his Green Bay Packers team in the locker room, and they were perennial losers. I'm reading this and Lombardi said he was thinking should it be a long talk, a short talk? But he wanted it to be emotional, so it would be brief. So here's what I did. Normally you get in the locker room, I don't know, twenty-five minutes, a half hour before the team takes the field, you do your little x and o's, and then you give the great Knute Rockne talk. We all do. Speech number eighty-four. You pull them right out, you get ready. You get your squad ready. Well, this is the first one I ever gave and I read this thing. Lombardi, what he said was he didn't go in, he waited. His team was wondering, where is he? Where is this great coach? He's not there. Ten minutes he's still not there. 
Three minutes before they could take the field Lombardi comes in, bangs the door open, and I think you all remember what great presence he had, great presence. He walked in and he walked back and forth, 
like this, just walked, staring at the players. He said, "All eyes 
on me." I'm reading this in this book. I'm getting this picture of 
Lombardi before his first game and he said, "Gentlemen, we will be successful this year, if you can focus on three things, and three things only. Your family, your religion and the Green Bay Packers." 
They knocked the walls down and the rest was history. I said, that's beautiful. I'm going to do that. Your family, your religion and Rutgers basketball. That's it. I had it. Listen, I'm twenty-one 
years old. The kids I'm coaching are nineteen, and I'm going to be the greatest coach in the world, the next Lombardi. I'm practicing outside of the locker room and the managers tell me you got to go in. Not yet, not yet, family, religion, Rutgers basketball. All eyes on me. I got it, I got it. Then finally he said, three minutes, I said fine. True story. I go to knock the doors open just like Lombardi. Boom! They don't open. I almost broke my arm. Now I was down, the players were looking. Help the coach out, help him out. Now I did like Lombardi, I walked back and forth, and I was going like that with my arm getting the feeling back in it. Finally I said, "Gentlemen, all eyes on me." These kids wanted to play, they're nineteen. "Let's go." I said, "Gentlemen, we'll be successful this year if you focus on three things, and three things only. Your family, your religion and the Green Bay Packers," I told them. I did that. I remember that. I remember where I came from.It's so important to know where you are. I know where I am right now. 

How do you go from where you are to where you want to be? 
I think you have to have an enthusiasm for life. You have to have a dream, a goal. You have to be willing to work for it.
I talked about my family, my family's so important. People 
think I have courage. The courage in my family are my wife Pam, my three daughters, here, Nicole, Jamie, LeeAnn, my Mom, who's right here too. That screen is flashing up there thirty seconds like I care about that screen right now, huh? I got tumors all over my body. I'm worried about some guy in the back going thirty seconds? 
You got a lot, hey va fa napoli, buddy. You got a lot. I just got one last thing, I urge all of you, all of you, to  enjoy your life, the precious moments you have. To spend each day with some laughter and some thought, to get your emotions going. To be enthusiastic every day and Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Nothing great could be accomplished without enthusiasm," to keep your dreams alive in spite of problems whatever you have. The ability to be able to work hard for your dreams to come true, to become a reality.Now I look at where I am now and I now what I want to do. 
What I would like to be able to do is spend whatever time I have left and to give, and maybe, some hope to others. Arthur Ashe Foundation is a wonderful thing, and AIDS, the amount of money pouring in for AIDS is not enough, but is significant. But if I told you it's ten times the amount that goes in for cancer research. I also told you that five hundred thousand people will die this year of cancer. I also tell you that one in every four will be afflicted with this disease, and yet somehow, we seem to have put it in a little bit of the background. I want to bring it back on the front table. We need your help. I need your help. We need money for research. It may not save my life. It may save my children's lives. It may save someone you love and ESPN has been so kind to support me in this endeavor and allow me to announce tonight, that with ESPN's support, which means what? Their money and their dollars and their helping me, we are starting the Jimmy V Foundation for cancer research. And it's motto is, "Don't give up, don't ever give up." That's what I'm going to try to do every minute that I have left. I will thank God for the day and the moment I have. If you see me, smile and give me a hug. That's important to me too. But try if you can to support, whether it's AIDS or the cancer foundation, so that someone else might survive, might proper and might actually be cured of this dreaded disease. I can't thank ESPN enough for allowing this to happen. I'm going to work as hard as I can for cancer research and hopefully, maybe, we'll have some cures and some breakthroughs. I'd like to think, I'm going to fight my brains out to be back here again next year for the Arthur Ashe recipient. I want to give it next year!

I know I gotta go, I gotta go, and I got one last thing and 
I've said it before and I want to say it again. Cancer can take away all my physical abilities. It cannot touch my mind, it cannot touch my heart and it cannot touch my soul. And those three things are going to carry on forever.

I thank you and God bless you all.

I dare any aspiring athlete to read and assimilate the material presented on this page immediately before the start of his/her daily practice sessions for the next 21 days.  I dare you to tape this exercise to the inside of your locker door and to use the columns provided in checking off an honest  appraisal of each practice.

It is one of the athlete's illusions that the present hour is not the critical decisive hour, e.g., the event/game is a week/weeks away...ample time to prepare in a gradual type of way.  Forget it!  The critical time for accomplishing anything is in the here and now.  Write it on your heart and imprint it on your brain that every day is a  day to dare to do your best.  Each day provides opportunity for self-improvement/self-renewal.  Today's accomplishments, not yesterday's or tomorrow's produce the most satisfaction as what you accomplish today can give you an immediate  feeling of self-confidence and direction.  The critical
time for accomplishing anything is in the here and now. Today.  The most important ingredient in future performance or past performance is present performance.  The most difficult tasks are consummated, not by a single explosive burst of energy or effort, but by consistent daily application of the best you have within you.

Whether we call our practice exhausting work or relaxing play depends largely upon our attitudes toward it. Practice is an opportunity to improve our skills.  The majority of athletes perform in game/events like they perform in practice.  Approach each practice session with enthusiasm as nothing great has ever been accomplished without it.  One spark of enthusiasm is worth more than two hours of uninspired practice.  Be aware that it is not simply that certain activities are boring but that the mind has been programmed for boredom/distraction. We program ourselves for boredon/distraction when we think we already know all about something.  We learn and perform at our best when the mind is calmly alert, interested and enjoying itself.  Challenge yourself mentally as well as physically and you will start to enjoy the price of success rather than pay for it.

Desire...the "want to" is the extra which enables an athlete to take whatever ability he has in whatever he's doing and utilize it to the maximum.  Total effort gives an athlete a special kind of victory...victory over himself.  Research in the behavioral sciences concludes that the one common denominator in the life of successful and happy people is that virtually every day of their lives,successful and happy people do or attempt to do something difficult/challenging


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From the "Hocus Pocus Manuscript, 
It was only one possession,
why must my coach scream,
my poor defense permitted the basket
but what can one hoop mean?
as the pass comes my direction,
and I fumble it into the stands,
the coach's voice rings loud and clear,
"catch with your eyes and hands !'

C'mon coach, its a single possession,
our team will be okay
it's just the first two minutes
my gosh, we got all day

At the 2nd quarter mark I remember
that the center, strong and stout
a putback for two, quite simply due
to my failure to turn and blockout.

It was only one possession, I didn't commit a crime,
my team is ahead and I'm playing well,
and there's still plenty of time!

As the halftime buzzer is sounding,
and I watch the ball bank in,
I know I will hear from my loving coach
of my questionable effort to defend

It was only one possession.
Coach - don't have a heart attack!
Were down by one, but were having fun,
I know we'll get the lead back!
It's early coach, it's no big deal
that my failure to use a pass fake
results in an unlikely steal.
I quickly sink a jumper,
I'm greeted by high fives and slaps,
but the next possession I give up a layup
while suffering mental lapse.

Its only one possession,
c'mon coach, chill out.
It's crazy to see you disgusted
as you slap the assistant and shout-
"Victory favors the team 
making the fewest mistakes.
Single possessions are the key.
So treat them like gold and
do as you are told.
And play with intensity."

I step to the line for one and one
but I'm having a concentration lapse.
the ball soars through the air 
Good lord, it's a brick!
I'm afraid the support will collapse.

In post game I sit at my locker,
pondering what more I could do.
I realize the value of each possession,
what a shame that we lost by two.

\--Jeff Smith
Boys Varsity Basketball Coach
Madison High School

Zig Ziglar On Motivation

The word motivation is often confused with manipulation. 
Motivation occurs when you persuade others to take an action 
in their own best interests. Things such as people preparing 
their homework, accepting responsibility for their 
performance, and finishing their education are the results 
of motivation. Manipulation is persuading others to take an 
action that is primarily for your benefit.

Things such as selling an inferior product at an inflated 
price and working people overtime with no extra pay are 
examples of manipulation.

Manipulation self-destructs the individual doing the 
manipulating. Word gets out on manipulators, and people grow 
less and less likely to respond in a positive manner to 
their manipulation. Productivity declines. Leadership occurs 
when you persuade a person to take an action that is in your 
mutual best interests...

Comparing motivation to manipulation is like comparing 
kindness to deceit. The difference is the intent of the 
person. Motivation will cause people to act out of free 
choice and desire, while manipulation often results in 
forced compliance. One is ethical and long lasting; the 
other is unethical and temporary...

Leaders and motivators are winners; manipulators are losers 
who produce resentment and discord. Become a motivator, lead 
your people, and don't manipulate them. 

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A parable is told of a farmer who owned an old mule. The mule fell into the farmer's well. The farmer heard the mule 'braying' - or - whatever mules do when they fall into wells. After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer sympathized with the mule, but decided that neither the mule nor the well was worth the trouble of saving. Instead, he called his neighbors together and told them what had happened...and enlisted them to help haul dirt to bury the old mule in the well and put him out of his misery. 

(switch to the mule's perspective) Initially, the old mule was hysterical! "You're doing what! BURYING ME!" But as the farmer and his neighbors continued shoveling and the dirt hit his back...a thought struck him, in the way that only mules can be struck one would imagine. It suddenly dawned on him that every time a shovel load of dirt landed on his back...HE SHOULD SHAKE IT OFF AND STEP UP! 

This he did, blow after blow. "Shake it off and step up...shake it off and step up...shake it off and step up!" he repeated to encourage himself. No matter how painful the blows, or distressing the situation seemed the old mule fought "panic" and just kept right on SHAKING IT OFF AND STEPPING UP! You're right! It wasn't long before the old mule, battered and exhausted, STEPPED TRIUMPHANTLY OVER THE WALL OF THAT WELL! 

What seemed like it would bury him, actually blessed him...all because of the manner in which he handled his adversity. 

Douglas R. Whatley, Vice President INFOSYS Development Group "IT Consulting, Project Mngmt, Recruiting" <> (512) 342-2688 ext 101 (512) 342-2998 fax 9508 Jollyville Rd, #301, Austin, Texas 78759 
"We come to love not by finding a perfect person but by learning to see an imperfect person perfectly." - Sam Keen 

Don't Quit
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, 
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill, 
When the funds are low, and the debts are high, 
and you want to smile, but you have to sigh. 
When care is pressing you down a bit, 
Rest if you must, but don't you quit. 
Life is queer with its twist and turns 
As every one of us sometimes learns, 
And many a failure turns about, 
When he might have won had he stuck it out; 
Don't give up though the pace seems slow, 
You may succeed with another blow. 
Success is failure turned inside out, 
the silver tint of the clouds of doubt, 
and you never can tell how close you are, 
It may be near when it seems so far; 
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit, 
It's when things seem worst, 
that you must not quit.  

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