Thanks, pass it on!
Who has helped you on your path to success? How have you thanked them?
Coach Wooden said, “It takes 10 hands to score a basket.”
Show appreciation to others who made you successful:
“Coach Wooden insisted that his players always acknowledge the help and support they received from other team members. For example, a player who made a basket after receiving a pass from a teammate was expected to acknowledge the assist while He would head in. play defense, usually pointing, smiling, winning or nodding at the man who had helped create the scoring opportunity.” (From Pat Williams’ book “How to Be Like Coach Wooden”)
Some players asked, “But, Coach, what if he [the teammate who gave the assist] aren’t you looking?”
“Trust me,” replied Wooden, “he’ll be watching!”
Thank others for helping you. Even a nod or a smile is a good start.
Coach Wooden “understands that EVERYONE needs acceptance and approval.”
Do it now bike:
As a child, I learned the value of hard work from my parents, Robert J Frank, the first college graduate in his family who later went on to graduate medical school to become a physician and surgeon. Dad first worked as a waiter at a restaurant near the University of Virginia to pay for college. He was later an assistant to his Physics professor teaching at the university. My mom, Romayne Leader Frank, worked as a lifeguard and model so she could study at the University of Michigan to become a school teacher. After marrying Dad, she finished her education at the University of Virginia and earned a teaching degree. Latter Momma worked to pay for Dad’s residency and medical internship at Sears and Roebucks as a salesperson, and also wrote political speeches for politicians at $50 a speech. A married woman in those days was not allowed to teach at school.
Growing up, my dad’s patients were fishermen and farmers who paid for dad’s services with fish and vegetables. Money was hard to come by. We always had a garden in the backyard growing vegetables and learned how to till the soil with rakes, plant seeds, pull weeds and pick crops for meals. As a child, every week my parents gave me a “to-do list” to do, which included mowing the lawn, trimming the bushes, and taking care of my younger siblings. My parents said that as a member of this family you will do these chores “now”! There were no excuses. The job had to be done immediately!
What did I learn from the discipline of doing these tasks, the “do it now” principle?
Whether it’s doing the dishes, mowing the lawn, doing an assignment due in a week, my parents’ motto was “Do it now!” Dont wait! You’ll be busy later.
These tasks gave me the discipline for my future. When I went to college and was given an assignment due a few days later, I would do the assignment right away! Later, when something needed immediate attention, like a doorknob that was falling off, he fixed it right away! Whatever needed to be done, I would do it “immediately,” remembering my parents’ motto, “Do it now!” These tasks taught me to be responsible, accountable, respectful of others and to appreciate any kindness given.
When she was 8 years old, mom, Romayne L. Frank, went back to school at the College of William and Mary to get her law degree. She graduated at the top of her class and was one of the first women to graduate from law school at William and Mary Law School. Mom, as a lawyer, practiced family law and real estate law.
One day after school, mom smiled at me and said, “Let’s go to the bank on a new adventure.” She took me by the hand and we proudly entered the bank, a large and imposing building. Mom introduced me to the bank teller, Mrs. Jay, and she asked me to give her the $2 she had been saving. That day, the teller entered my $2 into my new passbook, wrote my name on the outside of the passbook, and explained that he would receive interest every day on the money he put in the bank.
Every two weeks, Mom would take me to the bank so I could add the money I had saved by doing my homework. I enjoyed watching the money grow in that savings account. She taught me not only how to put my homework money, but also my future paychecks in my account to start saving for the future. By the time I went to college, I had put away a nice nest egg for the future. Mom’s financial success lessons continued through college and graduate school. She shared her financial success lessons with her clients, friends and family.
To honor my mom’s financial success lessons, I’ve shared mom’s lessons with my kids, family, friends, and students in four articles online, covering her financial success principles to ensure your financial success.
How did I thank my parents for teaching me to be disciplined and responsible?
Sharing your life lessons with others, writing articles and radio shows sharing your life lessons with others.
Teaching the Discipline of Hard Work:
Meredith Lynn MacRae, actress, credits her parents, singer/actor Gordon MacRae and actress Sheila MacRae, “for instilling in her the proper work ethic and keeping her feet on the ground.”
She said: “We lived in a modest house in the San Fernando Valley instead of the posh Beverly Hills, which the family could have afforded. Mom and Dad didn’t want us to feel superior to the other kids. I had to earn the things I wanted.” , from dolls to party dresses, doing housework and taking care of my younger sister and brothers. A lot of kids in my circle automatically got a car when they were 16. I didn’t. Dad said he would get me a car when he got A’s two years in a row in school. I worked like a slave and finally made it. I got the car with the warning that if I didn’t continue with absolute A’s, they would take it away from me.”
Doing chores, working for the things you want, brings discipline into your life and teaches you responsibility and accountability:
The tasks that Meredith Lynn MacRae’s parents gave her to do instilled “a proper work ethic” for her future. These are the most valuable lessons a parent can give you.
The experts have said“If she or he hadn’t been pampered to death, he or she might have turned out differently!”
Chores taught Meredith Lynn MacRae and I to be willing to work hard to make our future a safe place.
Be grateful for your blessings and share them with others.:
A well-educated young man from high school to graduate school, he went on a series of interviews at a large company and “passed with flying colors.” His last interview was with the director of the company.
The principal was very impressed with the young man’s excellent performance at school. He asked, “Did you get scholarships at school?”
The young man replied, “No.”
The principal said, “Did your father pay your school fees?”
The Youngman said: “My father passed away when I was a year old. It was my mother who paid for my school fees.”
The director then asked: “Where did your mother work?”
The young man said: “My mother worked as a clothes cleaner.”
The director “asked him to show his hands.”
The Young Man showed the Director, “his hands that were soft and perfect.”
The principal asked, “Have you ever helped her do the laundry?”
Youngman replied, “Never. My mother always wanted me to study and read books. Also, my mother can do laundry faster than I can.”
The Director said, “I have a request. When you come home today, I want you to clean your Mother’s hands and see me tomorrow morning.”
“The Youngman felt his chances of getting the job were high.”
He came home and “happily asked his Mother to let him wash his hands.”
“His mother felt strange. With mixed feelings, she showed her son her hands. The young man for the first time wiped his mother’s hands slowly. Tears fell as he did so.”
His mother’s hands were “wrinkled, calloused, with many bruises on the hands.”
“Her mother’s hands were so sore that her mother shivered when they were cleaned with just water.”
The Young Man for the “first time” realized that his Mother’s hands had washed the clothes every day to allow him to pay his school fees. The bruises on her mother’s hands were the price her mother had to pay for her academic excellence for her future.”
The Youth “after cleansing his Mother’s hands, washed all the remaining clothes for his Mother.” That night, he and his mother talked for several hours.
The next morning, he went to the Director’s office. “The director noticed the tears in the young man’s eyes.”
Director, “Can you tell me what you did and learned yesterday at home?”
Youngman, “I cleaned my mother’s hands and finished cleaning all the remaining clothes as well.”
Director, “Tell me about your feelings?”
Young: 1) “Now I know what appreciation is. Without my Mother there would be no successful me today.”
2) “By working together and helping my Mother, I only now realized how difficult and hard it is to do something by yourself.”
3) “I appreciate the importance and value of family and relationships.”
The director said, “This is what I want in my manager. I want to hire a person who appreciates others and the suffering of others to get things done, and the person who would not put money as his only goal in life “.
The Young man was hired by the Director. He “worked hard and received respect from his team members. All team members worked diligently and supported each other. As a result, the company improved significantly.” (Darren Hardy, success mentor to CEOs and high achievers, former editor of Success magazine, shared this story.)
Who has helped you in your success and made it possible for you to be successful?
How have you thanked them?
Coach John Wooden said, “It takes 10 hands to make a basket.”
Remember that to be successful and reach your goal you need many teachers, coaches, friends, parents and mentors to help you on your journey through life. Nobody does it alone.
What are 3 things you can do to thank your teachers, parents, coaches, mentors, and friends for helping you succeed on your journey?
1) Send them a note, call them, or email them a note thanking them for helping you. (Start a notebook, start today and write in it the names of your teachers, mentors, coaches, parents and friends who have made a difference in your life and do something good for them.)
How have I shown my appreciation? I have written many articles and radio shows honoring my mentors for the gifts they have taught me. This way, your good deeds live on and are shared with others!
2) Every week help someone else with acts of kindness.
3) How do you feel when you help others achieve their goal? Do you smile and feel happy inside?
Remember that if we help others we will be helping ourselves to grow and improve at the same time.
Be thankful for your blessings and thank your teachers, mentors, friends, and coaches who have helped you on your journey.
How will you show gratitude for the gifts others have given you?