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Archive for May, 2009

Separating Yourself

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

On Memorial Day morning my family and I went to our local fitness center for exercise. As I walked through I noticed a young lady named Kelsey Reynolds. She is a high school senior at Penn High who is graduating. She has earned a full athletic scholarship to play basketball at prestigious Boston College.
Kelsey was there going through a hard workout on a holiday. I watched as she did drill after drill with the goal of reaching excellence in the game of basketball.
Not everyone is wired that way. Plenty of people got up on Memorial Day with a laid back plan for the day. There is nothing wrong with that approach on a holiday. But in all my years of studying peak performers I have seen that they all have that extra gear of work ethic. They are relentless in their determination to reach their potential. For Kelsey, effort like that helped her earn that full ride to B.C.


Update: After a freshman season at B.C., Kelsey decided to transfer to DePaul University in Chicago. There were two key factors: 1) she wanted to be closer to her South Bend, IN area home and 2) she did not get a lot of playing time as a freshman at B.C.

Staying on Fire

Monday, May 18th, 2009

Although I speak on how athletes can connect college scholarships, schools often call and ask to have a motivational message delivered. This past week I had the opportunity to deliver the keynote at the annual NorthWood High School Academic Teams banquet. It was such an inspiring evening to be around such outstanding young people and supportive parents and educators.

After my keynote, I was sitting there watching the teams be honored. When they called for the Spell Team, one of their members came forward tapping a walking cane. Tap. Tap. Tap. Tap. Her name is Rochelle “Chelli” Schmitt, and she is a longtime Spelling champion and member of the NorthWood High Spell Bowl. Rochelle has been blind since birth, yet has been one of the top spellers in the state for years. She is also on the Fine Arts team. She relies on teammates to describe paintings as they come up on screens in competitions.

Seeing young people like her kindles the fire within me to be more determined. When I see her accomplishing such things in her life, I get inspired.

Thank you, Rochelle, for being such an inspiration!

– Charlie Adams


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