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If It’s Important, You’ll Find A Way. If It Isn’t, You’ll Find An Excuse

Some people dream of success, others make it happen. Of course, you can dream as much as you like but waiting for things to happen gets you nowhere. Get active and start making things happen.

Whatever journey your path takes you on, the most important thing is to have passion in what you do.

How many of you went to college, got your degree, and ended up doing something totally unrelated to your major? Studying it did not make you passionate about it. It wasn’t your path.

Education or even talent aren’t worth much without passion. So do the stuff that you love and you’ve always wanted to do because without it, you’ll feel stuck and unfulfilled. If you work in a bank but your dream is to be a naturopath, then make those changes now. Make this year the turning point in your life. When you do what you love you will be rewarded — it will just flow naturally.

Look at those around you who just make things happen. They have a clear goal in mind and they know where they want to go. They don’t always have a plan but they have the passion and the tenacity to make it work, and they achieve their goals as the end result.

Trust us when we tell you this. If something important to you, you WILL find a way. If it isn’t, you’ll find an excuse. It’s that simple. Find your way. Make it work, whatever it takes. Are you 10 pounds heavier than you should be? It is simple: Commit, go to that gym every day, no excuses, and train until you lose those 10  pounds. When you accomplish this, you’ll have the confidence to do more. Set a goal and make it happen.

Want to stop smoking? Stop making excuses, take control of your circumstances before they take control of you.

Success isn’t just about what you accomplish in your life, it’s about what you inspire others to do and when you do accomplish something as simple as quitting smoking or losing weight, you’ll inspire others to do the same. Anyone can change the world, and everybody should try. And it all starts with your own life.

Stop waiting for the perfect time to do what you want to do. Do it now.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone, so get used to being uncomfortable. It won’t kill you. Do you need a sign? Here it is:

Artistic Japanese High School Player goes above and beyond baseball tradition at the plate

This Japanese high school player takes flamboyance to an entirely different level, as he prepares for every pitch like he’s warming up for the school production of West Side Story. Even Darth Maul is saying “That’s a little much.”

Is it his samurai ancestors who are guiding him, or is there just way too much caffeine in Japanese soft drinks? So far the answer is unclear, but we’ll keep you updated.

Romo takes on the Rob Lowe role for Sunday Ticket

It’s been a while since DirecTV aired the Rob Lowe commercials, some of which .

The cable-alter-ego shtick is back for football season, with Cowboys quarterback Tony Romoplaying the dual role of himself, who has DirecTV, and bald-headed and bearded “Arts and Craftsy” Tony Romo, who has cable.

While memorable, the entire campaign attempts to craft bizarre stereotype that anyone who has DirecTV is super cool — and anyone who has cable is some sort of a goofball. The perception quickly falls apart with this reality: I have DirecTV, and I don’t need to post a poll at PFT to know that I’m some sort of a goofball.

As to Romo, the far better campaign (setting aside the bizarre nature of the satellite-cable distinction) would have gone something like this: “‘Hi, I’m Tony Romo of 2015, and I have DirecTV.’ . . . ‘Hi, I’m Tony Romo of 2006 through 2014, the one that consistently screwed up when a big game was on the line, and I have cable.”

Here’s what happens when you forget how to slide

Spieth catches fire after putting adjustment

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Jordan Spieth said it best, “I don’t normally putt the way I did.”

That’s the truth. The man who flat out finds a way to get the ball in the hole had five three-putts and 37 putts during the second round of the Open Championship, both career highs as a professional.

You knew that wasn’t going to continue.

Spieth spent some extra time on the practice green Saturday and was a new man on Sunday shooting 67 with only 27 putts. He’s only one shot off the lead heading into the final round at the Old Course.

“I just had been aligned a little left,” Spieth said. “Every putt was missing just a little off the left side of the hole, so I just tried to adjust.”

Spieth was miffed after making bogey on the par-4 ninth hole because he had a pitching wedge into the green. He then cruised to three consecutive birdies on the next three holes and made key par saves on both the 13th and 17th holes down the stretch.

“I kind of just wanted to stay patient today, let them come to me, and once I figured out my putting, it did,” Spieth said. “Yeah, I believe when I was standing with you yesterday that a day like today could happen, but in order to win you’ve got to duplicate it.”

West Point Revokes Diplomas Of Confederate Graduates

From DuffleBlog

WEST POINT, N.Y. ─ Following the decision of the South Carolina government to remove the Confederate flag from a state memorial, and the subsequent, nation-wide uproar over all things Confederate, West Point has announced that it will posthumously revoke the diplomas of all cadets who graduated from the Academy and fought for the South during the Civil War.

“This sends a clear message to slave-owners and those who would fight for such a horrific cause that 150 years after most of them died we will not tolerate such atrocities on American soil,” said Lt. Col. Thomas Jackson, a spokesman for the school.

When asked if this decision signaled a change in the Army’s stance on not changing the names of bases named after Confederate officers, most of whom graduated from West Point, Jackson replied that it did not. The cost of altering the signs, street names, maps, military shipping inventories, and other changes necessary to implement the removal just so people wouldn’t be offended would be astronomical, he explained.

“But this is no small matter,” he added. “A revoked graduate status means they will no longer be able to order transcripts, obtain early tickets for West Point football games, or receive their 10 percent discount at the Cadet Bookstore.”

The ceremony will be held next week, when cadets will symbolically burn hundreds of recreated, historically accurate diplomas in a bonfire at the cadet monument. After the diplomas are consumed in the blaze, the monument will be torn down, since it was built to honor Vincent Lowe, a cadet who died in an 1817 artillery misfire and had an uncle who once owned a slave, explained a source familiar with the event.

Jackson also said that USMA leaders are debating the merits of removing Gen. Robert E. Lee’s half of the Appomattox surrender document that ended the Civil War, currently stored in the Cadet Library.

 

Tom Watson makes emotional farewell walk up 18th hole in his final British Open

What a class act.

Fake Jerry and the Dez Deal

TCU the overwhelming media favorite to win Big 12

The SEC released its media predictions a short time ago for conference and division favorites, and now the Big 12 has done the same.

This year, the media predicts that the Big 12’s One True Champion™ will be TCU, which received 32 of 42 first-place votes from those who cover the conference on a daily basis.  The only other team to receive first-place votes was Baylor with 10, although BU only trailed 408-384 in total points.

Last year the Horned Frogs and Bears finished tied in conference play at 8-1, although no solo champion was named despite BU beating TCU in October.  The fact that one champion wasn’t declared, along with the lack of a league title game, played at least some role in the conference finding itself without a seat at the first College Football Playoff table.

It was such the cluster in the first year of the CFP that, in May, the league introduced a new set of tiebreaker procedures to ensure that there’s one and only one champion holding up a conference title trophy at regular season’s end.

After TCU and Baylor, there’s a sizable gap back to Oklahoma (312) and Oklahoma State (289), and then a moderate distance back to Texas (245) with a predicted finish of fifth in the 10-team conference.

Not surprisingly, Kansas is in its familiar spot in the basement.  Perhaps the only surprise is that KU finished with 45 points, meaning that as many as three of the 42 voters see the Jayhawks climbing out of the cellar.

Below are the complete set of media projections.  And, for the All-Big 12 teams released yesterday, click HERE.

1. TCU (32) 408
2. Baylor (10) 384
3. Oklahoma 312
4. Oklahoma State 289
5. Texas 245
6. West Virginia 204
7. K-State 201
8. Texas Tech 139
9. Iowa State 83
10. Kansas 45

Dez Bryant gets 5-year, $70 million deal from Cowboys

IRVING, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys and Dez Bryant have a deal.

As the deadline to come to an agreement on a long-term deal loomed, amid threats of skipping training camp and possibly regular-season games, Bryant signed a five-year deal worth $70 million on Wednesday that will pay him an average of $14 million per season, league sources told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.

Bryant’s deal includes $32 million in fully guaranteed money, including a $20 million signing bonus and guaranteed salaries of $3 million in 2015 and $9 million in 2016, sources told ESPN. That guaranteed money will increase to a total of $45 million if Bryant is still on the team’s roster on the fifth day of the league year in 2016, kicking in another guaranteed $13 million for the 2017 season, sources said. Bryant’s base salary for 2018 and 2019 will be $12.5 million per year, sources said.

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