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Tim Kolodziej

September 12, 2013

Tim Kolodziej: Yes, you COULD have been — but you really didn’t want to

NEW CASTLE — I could have been ...


A better student?

A better athlete?

An author?

A pilot?

A singer?


You could have been ...



You still can be.

Right where you are.


“We manage ourselves each day to be and to do what really matters most.” — Stephen R. Covey

I could have been ...


A star football player?

No, you couldn’t. You really didn’t want to be.

It’s over now. Deal with it and move on.

You chose lazy instead. You chose TV instead. You chose hangin’ on the corner with your buddies and drinkin’ 40s.

“My coach didn’t like me.”

Yeah, yeah. I get it.

You know what’s crazy? Today I’m going to agree with you. I will go out on the limb and say your coach didn’t like your attitude. Your coach didn’t like your work ethic. Your coach didn’t like the fact that you often showed up late for practice. And remember all those times during the summer when you slept in instead of attending team workouts? I bet he didn’t like that either.

So, if that’s YOU — if you’re the one with a bad attitude who doesn’t work hard and isn’t committed to the team — I can’t blame the guy for not liking you.

I wouldn’t like you either.

But don’t keep walking with that crutch at age 37. Yes, you could have been a terrific football player.

You just chose not to be. You chose other things instead. It’s that simple.

Yet if you woke up this morning, you can still choose to be remarkable.

Right where you are.


“Every human being is intended to have a character of his own — to be what no others are, and to do what no other can.” — William E. Channing

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