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October 18, 2012

Tim Kolodziej: Four lessons we can all learn from one man’s hoop dream

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NEW CASTLE — 3) He shared his enthusiasm for the project with whomever would listen — One wealthy Kansas alum remarked that Swade “could sell ice cubes to an Eskimo.” It’s not so much about being a gifted speaker. It’s about the message you convey.

Our task: What parts of your dream keep you awake at night? What excites you about the possibility of achieving your goal? Share your enthusiasm with those around you to keep your fire burning.

4) He surrounded himself with people of influence — Swade met with former Jayhawk coaches Larry Brown and Roy Williams. He met with high-profile Kansas boosters around the nation. He met with Dr. Mark Allen, the grandson of legendary KU coach Phog Allen, for whom the basketball field house is named. Swade sought out their wisdom. He asked for help. And they all joined his team in some way.

None more so than alum David Booth, who initially said “I’m good for a million,” but was forced to up his commitment in a much greater way during the anxiety-inducing, yet rousing, climax of the film.

So, does Swade succeed in delivering on his goal? I probably shouldn’t answer that. I don’t want to spoil the ending if you haven’t yet seen the film.

But I will close with a question: What do you think?

Now go chase YOUR dream. And be sure to follow Swade’s lead along the way.

 

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