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The Four-Letter Word That Creates Champions

No pain, no gain. You’ve heard it many times. But do you apply it to your own life? Katie Ledecky, 17-year-old swimming champion who looks very much like the next Olympic superstar, does. After smashing her own world record in the women’s 1500-meter freestyle over the weekend, Ledecky referred to what it takes to compete […]

A Better Version of Yourself

Postings have been small the last couple of days because of a demanding travel schedule. Still, we have to note the holiday that celebrates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Over the weekend, a coach challenged me with this question: Do you think of others before yourself?” The answer is, “Not nearly enough.” […]

The Lessons of Ali-Frazier

Today marks the 40th anniversary of Ali-Frazier I, a classic bout so big that fans recall it with awe to this day. Muhammad Ali, trying to regain his title, battled Joe Frazier in Madison Square Garden with celebrities like Frank Sinatra ringside. Frazier won. In events of this magnitude, it’s easy to forget the human […]

The Day They Turned Down Muhammad Ali

Former big-leaguer Al Leiter tells a great story about team focus and chemistry. In the MLB network’s airing of the “20 Greatest Games,” Leiter recalls a key point in the 1997 World Series between his Florida Marlins and the Cleveland Indians. With the Series tied at one victory apiece, someone offered to fly in boxing […]

The Warrior Within

Yesterday we wondered whether great athletes come from the desperation of poverty or from the expensive skills camps of the suburbs. Former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali offers a third possibility. He once said, “Champions aren´t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them — a desire, a dream, a […]

A Question of Ego

“People hate me because I am a multifaceted, talented, wealthy, internationally famous genius.” — Comedian Jerry Lewis Ego is a three-letter word with the reputation of a four-letter word. To many, excessive ego is a vice, while a lack of ego is deemed praiseworthy. For instance, Mike Dunlap recently received laurels in a Tucson Citizen […]