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Does Anyone Call You Coach?

During my 34 years at Merrill Lynch, there were many weekends like the one just past when I dreaded thinking about what Monday morning might be like if the market continued in a negative way. When I experienced those feelings I would naturally spend more time in the Word, and somehow getting down on my knees every day to approach the Maker of the Universe was important. But I also drew strength from other people who I admired and one of the greatest examples to me was to look at the life of Coach John Wooden and read from his books. That is because my clients came to regard me as their coach when it came to their financial concerns.

My all time favorite is the book titled "They Call Me Coach". He offers not only his insights here but also the ideals that inspired him and carried him thru the difficult times of his life. Here are a few of those thoughts:

I. Coach Wooden's father gave him these thoughts at the time of his graduation:

  1. Be true to yourself
  2. Make each day your masterpiece
  3. Help others
  4. Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible
  5. Make friendship a fine art
  6. Build a shelter against a rainy day
  7. Pray for guidance, count and give thanks for your blessings every day

II. A quotation that also exemplifies his father's advice:

Four things a man must learn to do
If he would make his life more true:
To think without confusion more clearly,
To love his fellow-man sincerely,
To act from honest motives purely,
To trust in God and heaven securely. (Excerpts from p. 24, They Call Me Coach)

These words can also help you thru difficult markets and business setbacks. God Bless you as you work to help all of those around you deal with all of the current problems! Psalm 91

Monday Morning Message Sent 6/23/08


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