Re: The Cincinnati Mentality and the Reds
I liked what John Wooden said about the emotional mentality of some. He said, "For every artificial peak you create, there is a valley. I don't like valleys. Games are lost in valleys. Therefore, I wasn't much for giving speaches to stir up emotions before a game. If you need emotionalism to make you perform better, than sooner or later you'll be vulnerable, an emotion away from being anable to function at your level of ability. I prefer thorough preparation over some device to make us "rise to the occasion". Let others try to rise suddenly to a higher level than they had attained previously. I want to have already attained that level through preparation and be there to begin with. A speach by me shouldn't be necessary. My ideal is an ever-rising graph line that peaks with your final performance."
Talent is God Given: be humble.
Fame is man given: be thankful.
Conceit is self given: be careful.