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The Key to Success

“Some people succeed because they are ‘destined’ to, but most people succeed because they are determined.” --Elmer Towns

Your Willingness is Half the Battle

"If you have the will to win, you have achieved half your success. If you don't, you have achieved half your failure." --David V.A. Ambrose

You Gotta Be Determined

“You gotta be determined to be determined.” --Yogi Berra

Fun To Do

"It's kind of fun to do the impossible." --Walt Disney (1901-1966)

One-Armed Football Player

       Trey Wood was born with only one arm. Most people assumed that his handicap would prevent him from participating in a sport like football. Instead of feeling sorry for himself, Trey decided to prove the experts wrong. Not only did he learn to play football, he received an athletic scholarship to Sam Houston State University. He went beyond expectations and earned a starting position as a defensive back. One of his responsibilities was to knock down passes when the football was thrown in his area.

       Another one-armed young man named Dawuan Miller also had a dream to play football. In spite of his disability he, too, earned a scholarship and became the starting defensive back for Boise State University.

Both players made first team. Both excelled at their positions. Despite lacking an arm, Wood broke the career record for Sam Houston State with eleven blocked kicks. Dawuan silenced the doubters by using his one arm to intercept two passes in playoff games.

       On September 16, 1995, Sam Houston State played Boise State in football. For the first time in the history of the sport, two colleges played a game with one-armed defensive backs starting for each team. Few will remember the score of the game, but no one who was there will forget how two one-armed players’ gutsy performances overshadowed the rest of the talent on the field.

       Each of these two football players did more with one arm than most people do with two. When one-talent people apply themselves, they can accomplish incredible feats. You can do amazing things with just one talent, if you will dare to believe it (Matthew 25:15). (Kent Crockett, Making Today Count for Eternity, Sisters, OR: Multnomah Publishers, 2001, p. 59.)

Faith to Walk

"My mother taught me very early to believe I could achieve any accomplishment I wanted to. The first was to walk without braces." --Wilma Rudolph 1940-1994, Olympic Gold Medalist

Do it Whether You Like it or Not

"One of the most valuable lessons that you need to learn is to do the thing you have to do whether you like it or not." --Author Unknown

Cross Reference:

George Foreman Lost 85 Pounds

Definition of a Fanatic

A Bunch of Failures

Overcoming the Giants

What Might Have Been

The Power of Passion

The Will Makes the Way

Just One More Time

Two Days Before the Great Discovery

Dr. Seuss Rejected by 27 Publishers