Way back in the third grade, Eddie Robinson had a dream. His dream was big, but to many folks, it seemed too big for Eddie to ever attain. For Eddie Robinson was poor, black, and he lived in the segre
Way back in the third grade, Eddie Robinson had a dream. His dream was big, but to many folks, it seemed too big for Eddie to ever attain.
For Eddie Robinson was poor, black, and he lived in the segregated South. Three big strikes against him. In his book, "Never Before, Never Again," Robinson wrote, "Society said I would never be able to reach my third grade dream of coaching football."
Eddie Robinson went on to prove "society" quite wrong. And he did it because of 3 big reasons:
1. He was determined to live out his dream. 2. He educated himself about all aspects of his profession. 3. He gave 100% of his efforts at whatever he did.
After working his way through Leland College, he landed a job at Grambling State in 1941. Fifty seven years later he retired with 408 career victories, the most in college football history.
To his players Robinson was far more than just a winning coach. He highly stressed the importance of getting a good education. Robinson knew that he had a big responsibility to set an example for his players on and off the field and often thought of himself as a "surrogate" parent to the kids while they were at Grambling.
He also taught that winning does not have to be at any cost. He used football to teach kids honesty, integrity, and to help shape them into men.
On the field he demanded his players to get their plays right. Execution of the play was taught over and over and over until it was done right.
It is a remarkable credit to him because over 200 of his players eventually made it into the NFL.
Robinson says, "I wanted to be with the best and I wanted to be good enough to coach the sons of mothers and fathers. I didn't care whether the son was white or black. Some have called me a great coach. Some have called me a great black coach. All my life I have simply wanted to be a great American."
Coach Eddie Robinson had a big dream which he never believed wasn't possible to achieve.
What is your dream today?
I know many of our readers have the dream of being able to quit their day jobs and be supported by their own home business.
The Internet has made that a distinct possibility and many folks are achieving their dreams. Everyone of those who have accomplished this will tell you their success came about because of the same qualities Eddie Robinson displayed to achieve his dreams.
1. He was determined to make it happen. 2. He never quit educating himself in his chosen field. 3. He put 100% effort into everything he did.
You may not desire to be a head football coach for a college, but whatever your dream is.....
It's your dream and it's important!
And even if you never quite make it all totally come true, just think how you'll feel later if you don't give it your best shot.
You Can Dream You Can Try You Can Learn You Can Give It Your Best Shot
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