Tag Archives: Goal

The Second on the Wall

runner training

In 1990, I established name-painting on my classroom wall for those students who had accomplished big goals while attending high school! The first was Dylan Gale, who I mentioned in my original article about the wall years ago on Inspire21.com. I have since written down some other outstanding achievements by …

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No matter how hopeless, no matter how far

football practice

We were going through a normal football practice. Drills were crisp, coaches coaching, everyone hustling and working hard to prepare for the upcoming game…when off in the distance, a line of cars was approaching our practice field! The line stopped at the portion of the practice field we named the …

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Keep Your Dream

horses on a ranch

I have a friend named Monty Roberts who owns a horse ranch in San Ysidro. He has let me use his house to put on fund-raising events to raise money for youth at risk programs.

The last time I was there he introduced me by saying, “I want to tell you why I let Jack use my horse. It all goes back to a story about a young man who was the son of an itinerant horse trainer who would go from stable to stable, race track to race track, farm to farm and ranch to ranch, training horses. As a result, the boy’s high school career was continually interrupted. When he was a senior, he was asked to write a paper about what he wanted to be and do when he grew up.

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Don’t Quit

Mountain with clouds

by Edgar A. Guest

In respect for this incredibly inspiring message, we offer you first this 2-minute video production featuring this poem, "Don't Quit."  The Poetry is text below.

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Determination Story – John Roebling

-- Author unknown

In 1883, a creative engineer named John Roebling was inspired by an idea to build a spectacular bridge connecting New York with the Long Island. However bridge building experts throughout the world thought that this was an impossible feat and told Roebling to forget the idea. It just could not be done. It was not practical. It had never been done before.

Roebling could not ignore the vision he had in his mind of this bridge. He thought about it all the time and he knew deep in his heart that it could be done. He just had to share the dream with someone else. After much discussion and persuasion he managed to convince his son Washington, an up and coming engineer, that the bridge in fact could be built.

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