One of the Most Important Aspect of Sports/Life…Self-Confidence

This post is dedicated to the great Joey Clawson and family…my deepest condolences. Joe Clawson, one of my Special Olympics students, overcame great odds and played on the Ewing High Tennis Team. This past June, Joey won a gold medal at The Special Olympics Summer Games. He also got accepted into The College of New Jersey, where he is now taking classes. His wonderful mother, Kathy passed away yesterday morning. Joey, thank you for being an inspiration to me, but more importantly, thank you for being a friend. To Joey’s family, please let me know if I can do anything.

The following poem is from Napoleon Hill’s classic, Law of Success in 1928. It applies today just as much as it did then. Why? Because it’s TRUE and it WORKS!

If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don’t;
If you like to win, but you think you can’t,
It is almost certain you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’ve lost,
For out of the world we find
Success begins with a fellow’s will-
It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you are outclassed, you are-
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man;
But soon or late the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can.

Homework: Either memorize this poem or type it up and put it where you can read it at least once a day. (Bookbag, athletic bag, briefcase, etc)

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