His father was even known to have invented special drills for his son to work on specific hockey skills. He also always had a positive outlook on life constantly telling Gretzky that there was nothing that he couldn’t achieve if he set his mind to it (Pearl 389-390). Gretzky’s father is known to have also told him not to let anything stand in his way, and that if you want something bad enough it can be achieved by hard work and dedication. Gretzky responded to all of this positivity by working extremely hard throughout his youth hockey until turning pro at age 17 when he was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers NHL franchise in 1979 (“Wayne Gretzky”). Although Gretzky’s father was a major role in his hockey success and achievements, much of his respect, humbleness,
Pacettas Rules for Leadership Kevin J American Military University Frank Pacetta had a lot of native talent but he squandered it in his early years with Xerox (Pacetta p.12). Luckily for Xerox and himself, he was never fired and received the training and mentorship that he needed to morph into the type of leader who would take charge of a failing district and turn it into one of the top performers in the country. Mr. Pacettas parents were a large influence on him as a person but also as a leader and boss. His mother had to take care of his brother who was handicap and he heard stories about how great of a boss his father was. Mr. Pacetta would take the never quit attitude from his mother and the business and people savvy of his father and combine them to make one outstanding mentor and leader.
My father has basically had me on a leash since the day I was born. It is tradition for Albanian parents to be overly protective of their child because they want their child to be safe. My dad has only recently allowed me to start going on with certain people. When I go out, my parents constantly call me to check in on me, usually 4-5 times in an hour. My father put a global positioning tracking device in my vehicle to know where I am at all times, he urine tests me every week to make sure I'm not going down the wrong path, he grounds me when I do any small thing.
Despite his mother’s passing Gautama lived an luxurious life. His father, King Suddhondana made it his business that his son never met with the unpleasant circumstances in life. A wandering ascetic once told the King that his son was going to be a great and powerful ruler or a great spiritual leader (Irons). Siddhartha’s father wanted him to become his successor but Siddhartha had other plans. As Gautama engaged in his high quality education, and martial arts he often got his charioteer to take him through the streets to where he witnessed extreme misery in pain.
That being said what is an athlete going to do once he or she is done, money does not last forever; especially the way professionals spend their money. One of the coolest things I remember about high school is that we had a teacher that had won two super bowls with the Steelers. This man is a prime example of why you should get your education: he graduated from Clemson and after he had his professional career, he ended up having to get another job. Turning down millions is a hard thing to do, I imagine, but it is the future that an athlete must think about before making his or her decision. In the end it comes down to the decision of the athlete: risk it all for money or have a back up
Privilege, Passion, and Possibilities While speaking of his recent Joseph Kennedy biography The Patriarch, author David Nasaw stated that Kennedy continually impressed upon his children that those who ‘are privileged with money, with education, with good looks, have to give something back to those who don't have those privileges.’ Although my own father has been dead for over 25 years that is the same message that I heard from him and perhaps even more importantly that was how he lived his own life, figuring out how he could use his own talents and abilities to make a difference in his community. My father was also like Joseph Kennedy in that my dad was great at making money and time and time again he invested that money not only in his companies but in the community. I never had my dad’s money-making talent, but I had other talents and heard dad’s message that I was to use those talents for not only my own family but for my community. So my service philosophy is rooted in the words and actions of my dad, as well as the privilege that I enjoyed because of my dad and mother’s efforts. Although a service philosophy of ‘if you could, you should’ might be appropriate, I determined very early in life that I needed passion to fire my actions and ‘should’ is not consistent with passion.
Why college is important to me My parents were hard working individuals who loved each other and provided our basic needs food, clothing, shelter and most of all discipline. My mother is matriarch of the family, but my father was a hard working, well respected individual with an eighth grade education. My father was a stump digger and hauler and became a self taught heavy equipment operator. After witnessing him endure multiple injuries and near death incidents I knew this was not the career path for me. This is what started my life pursuit of getting an education.
My father used to tell me and my sisters stories about how he used to teach kids for free in Haiti because those children’s parents were unable to afford to send them to school. As I grew older and watched the years go by, I wanted to go back to college and finish so I can earn my degree, but there was always some complication that would arise and I would have to put college on the back-burner. A year ago, I decided to ignore the numerous obstacles that a single-working mother faces and returned to school. I used to believe that my father had lost his mind when he would want me and my sisters to read books and practice math problems during our summer vacation instead of spending the entire summer by the swimming pool. However, as I get older, the more I seem to be turning into my crazed-father that I used to complain about with my sisters.
Willy’s beliefs and actions stem from his fear of being alone. His desires to be well-liked lead him to raise his sons to be ideal figures and loyal companions – something he never had in his early days. When speaking to Howard Wagner about his career origins, he replies that, “Selling was the greatest career a man could want. Cause what could be more satisfying then to be able to go, at the age of eighty-four, into twenty or thirty different cities, and pick up a phone, and be remembered and loved and helped by so many different people?” He speaks of Dave Singleman, a salesman who dies on the job, supposedly to the great melancholia of his peers. In Willy’s eyes, he is already immortalized, a martyr who serves as the spokesman for a noble cause.
Chase Simpson Freshman Seminar T. Ellis “Becoming a Parent is a Gift” In the Essay, “Becoming a Parent Is a Gift,” by Chris Huntington, Chris talks about his battle of being a father and his wife a mother. He states that in his early life, having a kid was, “...easy-so easy, I had to be careful not o do it accidentally.” As his life went on he noticed it was a challenge for his thirty nine year old self, and thirty-one year old wife. Unlike all of the other couples that conceving a child was, “easy-so easy,” for, it was so challenging for him and his wife. They went to the extent to her injecting herself with needles and bruisig herself to get the proper hormones to create a child. It was so hard for them to except that they were infertal, they couldn’t even go to places where there were kids because of how hurt they were that they couldn’t physicaly have any.