What It Takes To Be A Winner – Part 10 – Conclusion

In The Winners Manual, written by coach Jim Tressel during his tenure as head coach of The Ohio State Buckeyes, he has identified ten fundamentals essential for winners. Applying these fundamentals can put us on track to becoming a winner no matter what we do in life and no matter what life throws our way.

This week we’ll briefly review the final fundamental and the resources coach Tressel has used to shape his character as well as his coaching staff and most importantly, his players.


Hope . . . is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously headed for early success, but rather, an ability to work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed. – Vaclav Havel, Disturbing The Peace

Live in your hopes and not in your fears. – Johnny Majors

There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow. – Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924)

Coach Tressel believes, “There are times in the game of life when it will seem as if thing are not going very well. There are times when life departs from our familiar script and throws us something we had no idea was coming. It’s tempting in those circumstances to lose faith in ourselves, in the people around us, and even in God. But if we’ve been planting the seeds of hope in our hearts, we’ll be able to overcome the problems of life and use them not only to make ourselves stronger but also to produce something good for for ourselves and those we love.”

Hope is the feeling you have that the feeling you have isn’t permanent. – Jean Kerr

Coach T. goes on to say, “When we possess the hope and belief that ultimately we’re going to be successful in our journeys, there’s not much of what comes our way on a daily basis that we can’t handle. When we see negative events as stepping-stones and have hope that our problems can actually propel us toward our goals rather than hinder us, then we are, of all people, truly blessed. If I could pass along one virtue to all of our players—and to every reader of this version of the Winners Manual—it would be the virtue of hope.

Life is a series of ups and downs, peaks and valleys, wins and losses. When the bad times come, and they inevitably will, the seeds we’ve been sown in our lives—what we believe in and hang on to and what we know is true and right—will help us maintain the hope that whatever stands before us is not permanent but only a temporary obstacle.”

The human body experiences a powerful gravitational pull in the direction of hope. – Norman Cousins

Learning is discovering that something is possible. – Fritz Perls

Coach T. adds, “Knowledge is a wonderful thing. But learning means we take that raw knowledge and put it to work. When we learn and mature in knowledge, something takes place inside us that opens us up to a world of new possibilities.

As we go through phases of our lives, we all need the kind of hope that puts  faith to work. It’s sometimes easier to doubt ourselves and not move forward. Others will question the goals of the group, their roles in the group, or their direction in life.”

Hope is putting faith to work when doubting would be easier. – Author Unknown

Coach T. goes on to say, “The type of hope I want to instill in my players is proactive and is bases on reality, not on fantasy or wishful thinking. It’s not the kind of hope a person might have when buying a lottery ticket with the last of the grocery money. Instead, it’s a constant belief in the work that’s already been done, the planning that’s in place, and the potential that lies ahead.

The quotation by Andrew Fuller—‘Hope is one of the principal springs that keeps mankind in motion’—tells me that if I choose, I can be a carrier of hope. Leaders do that. They take hope with them and pass it on to others. We have to make sure that in everything we do, we exemplify hope with our lives—especially on those days when things aren’t going well. Others should be able to look at our live and see the guiding light of hope within us that turns into outward action. It’s important for others to see that there’s a different way to live.

When people are devoid of hope, they’re vulnerable to the traps of naysayers who think things can’t be done and look at the world through negative lenses. A person who hopes says, ‘Sure, there are problems; yes, there are obstacles; but the future is bright—and with hard work, we can accomplish some great things.

I have great hopes that the end result of your reading this book will be a boost in the direction of the adventure, the confident search for a rewarding life. The power is not in my words or in the principles we’ve discovered; the power is in the opportunity you have to reflect on your life and evaluate your own purpose and goals. I’ve often said of our goal sheets that it’s the thought process they provoke that makes the difference.

Moving forward and gaining confidence in our search for true success will be a lifelong endeavor. If we begin when you’re young, we’ll be able to see the changes we consciously make over the years, and we’ll be better equipped to evaluate our progress. But even if we’re not so young anymore, we can begin today to develop our purpose and set our goals for the years still to come.”

Hope is an adventure, a going forward, a confident search for a rewarding life. – Karl Menninger

Focus on a hopeful future, not on self-pity . . .self-pity is a trap that leads to deep depression. – Rosemarie Rossetti

If there were not hope, the heart would break. – Ancrene Wisse (CA. 1250)

Hope is one of those things in life you cannot do without. – Leroy Douglas

I know the plans I have for you . . . They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. – Jeremiah 29:11

Coach Tressel ends this chapter on HOPE by saying, “If we can grasp the power of hope and then give that hope to those around us, we will see great things happen in our lives and in the lives of people we touch.”

All I can add to that is AMEN!

This concludes the lengthy review of The Winners Manual , but I hope you’ll agree,  it is a book filled with tons of wisdom for living life with purpose and striving for excellence in all we do, no matter what we choose to do in life.

It is an excellent book to recommend to your children and grandchildren whether they are active in sports or not. This book is filled with a lot of great life lessons and wisdom you can pass on to those you love and care about!

See you next week for more Wisdom Matters.

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