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How to Win

Trying Out for “American Idol”

“Live your life so that your children will want to tell your grandchildren about you.”

That advice came from a speaker who urged his audience to “go for it.”

At the end of their lives, people regret what they DIDN’T do, rather than what they did do. They regret the songs that died inside of them, the ideas that went unexplored, the goals that were never pursued.

As one story goes, rescuers picked through the wreckage after a Civil War battle. They discovered that many of the weapons had not even been fired.

Too many people are the same way. They hold back. For what? Their next life?

Not long ago I heard of a person whose dream was to be on “American Idol.” When asked if she had auditioned, she said no. Her song could die inside her.

Make sure that never happens to you. Audition. At least your children will be able to tell your grandchildren about the time you tried out for “American Idol.” And who knows? You might even make it!

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Mike Tully speaks to sports, business and educational groups. He also works with coaches, athletes and teams to make their practice time more productive and efficient. He and Gary Pritchard are co-authors of “Ten Things Great Coaches Know.” To see Coach Tully and Coach Pritchard discuss “Seven Ways to Prepare for Adversity,” go here.


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