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Dabo Swinney's White House Speech is One to Remember
Dabo Swinney, the head coach of the Clemson Tiger's football team, gave an outstanding speech in the White House Monday night while celebrating his teams National Championship victory. Swinney referenced many great quotes, but something that really struck a chord was when he read from an IndyStar story written by Tyler Trent, the inspirational Purdue student who recently died at age 20. I think there's a lot to take away when it comes to perspective from what this young man said on that day. Click HERE to watch the full video. Below are a few of the best quotes I took away from this speech! I believe Coach Swinney is a terrific role model and excellent coach. I love his common sense approach and simple life lessons.
Quote 1: "Greatness is not your destiny. Greatness is not your right. It's a decision. Championships are won when the stands are empty. Champions are made when nobody's watching."
Quote 2: "Whatever you do, you do it with all your heart. It doesn't matter what you're doing, you do it with all your heart because when you do things with your heart you go above and beyond. You do the extra."
Quote 3: "What you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe and enthusiastically act upon must inevitably come to be."
Quote 4: "My favorite part of this team and what I will always remember is they truly enjoyed the journey. In the end, that's what it should be about, finding joy in the journey of whatever it is we are doing."
Quote 5: “I want to close and I really want to give this perspective to our team, and really anyone who is listening, this is a quote, the whole college football world was captured by Tyler Trent. He was the Purdue football fan that was battling cancer. Probably saw that, and he just passed recently. And here’s what he said, he put out a quote: "Though I am in hospice care and have to wake up every morning knowing that the day might be my last, I still have a choice to make: to make that day the best it can be. Yet, isn’t that a choice we all have every day? After all, nobody knows the amount of days we have left. Some could say we are all in hospice to a certain degree. So why don’t we act like it? Where is your gratitude? With Christmas coming up, what are you thankful for? I had to write my will recently, and I’m just thankful I can give my family Christmas presents, maybe even for one last time. Let’s not forget that my doctors gave me three months to live almost two-and-a-half months ago. So why can’t we live grateful lives? Why can’t we make every day count like it’s the last?" So for this team and all you guys moving on and even the guys coming back, that’s what I would say, is go live and be great today, in order for your someday to become reality, you just got to be your best today.”