Do you want to leave a positive legacy? If so, take a minute and learn from one of the best: Bobby Bowden, former coach of Florida State Football and one of the most winning coaches in college football history.
Last month I went to a fundraiser and heard Bobby speak. This was a man who looked beyond wins and championships into the eyes of every young man he coached. His goal was not to win championships, but to change lives.
If you are a coach or a parent or a teacher, look into the eyes of the kids you are influencing. Pour into them something that will last much longer than the trophies on their shelves or the news clippings in your scrapbooks.
Start now leaving a legacy that really matters.
Here’s how Bobby did it and what he says about it:
Don’t Fear Adversity
People that are brilliant and successful, we think they’ve just always been that way. That’s not the case. Most of them have had some tough adversity in their life. It’s prepared them. I’ve never felt like you could develop character without adversity.
Find Something Bigger Than Sports to Guide You
Faith is the most important thing in the world to me. It’s the greatest strength I’ve had. It’s helped me get through the hard times. You’re not going to win every one of your football games. I’ve always said I’m not going to make football my god. A lot of coaches put so much into coaching football games that they have nothing left.
Don’t go to the grave with life unused.
Appreciate the Value of Hard Work
A guy who has all the money he needs and never faced any hard times, he won’t have any character. But when you’ve had it tough and you’ve had it rough and you thought you were at the end of the rope and you work your way out of it, that’s the way you build character.
Find Your Calling
I really believe God called on me to coach, and that is the reason I stayed in it for so long.
If somebody mistreats you, treat ’em good. That kills ’em.
Pretty simple and straightforward stuff. A little Bobby Bowden wisdom to help you as you work on creating your own legacy.